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The final particle <i>but</i> in British English

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Abstract

Even though final <i>but </i>is still a relatively recent phenomenon in British English, it is worth studying in more detail. The purpose of the article is to shed some light on final <i>but</i> in the spoken part of the <i>British National Corpus</i> (BNC) and in the <i>Newcastle Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English </i>(NECTE). The examination of the various semantic-pragmatic meanings shows that they can directly be put along a specific grammaticalization chain and that instead of being explainable in terms of pragmaticalization, they can be better explained in terms of cooptation and grammaticalization.

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