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Discourse marking and the subtle art of mind-reading: the case of Dutch eigenlijk


Van Bergen, Geertje; Van Gijn, Rik; Hogeweg, Lotte; Lestrade, Sander (2011). Discourse marking and the subtle art of mind-reading: the case of Dutch eigenlijk. Journal of Pragmatics, 43(15):3877-3892.

Abstract

This article gives a unified semantic analysis of the various uses of the Dutch discourse marker eigenlijk. Eigenlijk is analyzed as involving implicit assumptions of the speaker about the hearer's expectations: by using eigenlijk, the speaker marks the plausibility of what s/he assumes the hearer to infer on the basis of their shared beliefs. Hence, the speaker not only recognizes the discrepancy between the speaker's and the hearer's perspective, but in addition, the speaker puts him/herself in the hearer's shoes. The claims are empirically supported by the results of a web experiment as well as by data from natural language.

Abstract

This article gives a unified semantic analysis of the various uses of the Dutch discourse marker eigenlijk. Eigenlijk is analyzed as involving implicit assumptions of the speaker about the hearer's expectations: by using eigenlijk, the speaker marks the plausibility of what s/he assumes the hearer to infer on the basis of their shared beliefs. Hence, the speaker not only recognizes the discrepancy between the speaker's and the hearer's perspective, but in addition, the speaker puts him/herself in the hearer's shoes. The claims are empirically supported by the results of a web experiment as well as by data from natural language.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:13 Nov 2013 08:31
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 15:56
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0378-2166
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2011.10.001

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