Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 12:59:32 EST From: simon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU Subject: Re: pragmatic change in progress? As a discourse marker (detachable, etc.,) "of course" occurs finally, while both "well," and "why," occur initially. "Grant, PAUSE of course" vs "Well PAUSE, Grant" or vs "Why PAUSE, Grant." I think you could get "Duh PAUSE, Grant" rising tone - false question/rhetorical question. "Well PAUSE, Grant" but not **"Grant, PAUSE duh (or PAUSE duh?" these are, of course (well, duh) on the hoof, pause in minestrone-making intuitions But I'm pretty certain here that, in this frame, "of course" is occurs only finally, "well," and "why," only initially. beth simon