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What is a pesky little particle?

 

Definition
 

A pesky little particle is a morpheme that is either

 
  • lexically contentless, or
  • behaves in a text in a manner that is anomalous with regard to its usual lexical content, and is intractable to grammatical analysis.
 

Therefore, it usually has a discourse or pragmatic function.

Examples
 

Here are examples of English pesky particles, when used to relate more than one sentence:

 
  • now
  • either
  • moreover
Sources
 

J. Grimes 1975:93–94


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