The evolution of epistemic marking in West Australian English

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Across English varieties, frequent subject + epistemic/evidential verb<i> </i>constructions have been reanalysed as formulaic stance markers capable of introducing an embedded clause in the absence of <i>that</i>. <i>I think</i> has grammaticalised further and can occur in a syntactically parenthetical location in an utterance as an &#8216;epistemic parenthetical&#8217;. This chapter explores the emergence of grammatical constraints on <i>think</i> usage in a collection of State Library of Western Australia oral histories. The corpus features 39 speakers of Anglo-Celtic Australian English born between 1874 and 1983. Findings indicate that it is<i> </i>not until the late 20th century that parenthetical <i>I think </i>emerges as a grammatically entrenched variable with pragmatic functions involving the expression of opinion and the mitigation of negative judgement. Keywords: epistemic; evidential; think; Australian English; parenthetical


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