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Otsu, Takahiro. 2018. Multifunctionality of ‘after all’: A unitary account. Journal of Pragmatics 134 : 102–112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2018.04.007
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This paper presents a unitary relevance-theoretic account of the multifunctionality of the English discourse connective ‘after all’. ‘After all’ inflicts a constraint on context selection and settles a contrariness between opposite assumptions. The unitary account clarifies why ‘after all’ emerges in both concession and justification. The distinct context types induce the plural uses and their distinct cognitive effects.