Pragmatic Analysis of Hedges in Male and Female Language


216 EGP

Hedges are devices by which addressers avoid giving a direct answer or claim. By using a particular term or a particular structure, speakers can signal their lack of commitment to either the propositional content of an utterance (content mitigation) or to the intended illocutionary force of the utterance (force mitigation). The following examples (1) and (2) are illustrative


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