DOI: 10.17265/2159-5836/2013.08.006
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Hiroshi Obara

Abstract: In this research, the author considers the evidence provided by a corpus of Late Modern English grammars for our understanding of the development of the modals as politeness markers. It is possible to see how the modals and their accompanied senses are explained in an official (and often either prescriptive or proscriptive) perspective. This is another aspect which cannot be ascertained from the usage based on corpora which seem to be popular as sources of evidence in historical pragmatics. In this sense, this…

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