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What is a try-marker?



A try-marker is a device that is used to indicate a test of the addressee's recognition of a referent. The device is followed by a hesitation pause in expectation of a sign from the addressee as to whether the referent is known to the addressee.

Example (English)
  • A try-marker may be indicated by rising intonation at the end of an utterance.
  • Generic
      A try-marker is a kind of

    Moerman 1988 35

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