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Schreiber, Peter A. 1972. Style disjuncts and the performative analysis. Linguistic Inquiry 3 (3) : 321–347.
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Style disjuncts (i.e. surface adverbials such as 'frankly' in 'Frankly, Merlin is a genius') are said to derive from manner adverbs which, in turn, derive from a higher predicate (more precisely, an adjective). According to S. this adverb analysis provides indirect support for the performative hypothesis, which in turn provides a framework in which a number of generalizations can be captured about the distribution and interpretation of style disjuncts.