2004
Volume 23, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171

Abstract

Abstract

The Dutch -X construction (‘as if X’) can be used to make a sincere compar­ison, like (‘it seems as if’). After an analysis of a corpus of Dutch tweets, the authors of this squib argue that the -X construction can also be used to express emotion and negation. Moreover, after analysis of English tweets, it is reasoned that the is used by language users to serve yet another purpose. Mainly, a real-life event is described which is, according to the Twitter user, too bizarre to be true. The last paragraphs of this squib are dedicated to the use of negation within the construction, application of the theories of argumentativity and intersubjectivitiy and a proposal as to how the construction might have developed through time.

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Keyword(s): Alsof-X construction; argumentativity; emotion; intersubjectivity; negation
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