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Take this sentence on vowel stress in French: "I hypothesize that words in French are stressed on one of the last two syllables." The sentence contains a metadiscourse marker "I hypothesize," which apparently purports not to add any new propositional material but to call the reader's attention to the speech act of hypothesizing. But, since what is supposedly being hypothesized is a well-acknowledged fact, the act of hypothesizing becomes untrue and thus "misfires."
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owner: logan - (no access) - Mao, Luming: I Conclude Not: Toward a Pragmatic Account of Metadiscourse, 1993, p266


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