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3. <i>Kamo</i>, an attitudinal pragmatic marker of Macedonian

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Abstract

Exploring the properties of the Macedonian pragmatic marker kamo in six types of linguistic structure within the relevance-theoretic framework, S&#233;vigny demonstrates that kamo is an indicator of the speaker&#8217;s dissociative attitude towards a belief in the hearer&#8217;s ability and willingness to perform a certain action. In this way, kamo is defined as encoding procedural information and contributing to the explicit side of communication by signaling the formation of an interpretive, higher-level explicature. The data for S&#233;vigny&#8217;s paper were collected in the Egyptian-Macedonian speech community in Canada. This inimitable speech community is composed of immigrants and second and third generation Macedonian-Canadians who have remarkably preserved spoken fluency in the Macedonian variant of their parents.

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