Aquilino Sánchez & Moisés Almela
A Mosaic of Corpus Linguistics. Selected Approaches
As has been shown by Traugott & Dasher (2002), discourse markers proceed along the following grammaticalization cline; non-subjective > subjective > intersubjective uses. We look for evidence of this grammaticalization cline using a previously unexamined discourse marker in Spanish - no sé (‘I don’t know’). Inline with Bybee & Sheibman (1999), we show that no sé seems to be stored in lexical representation as a single item in Spanish. We base this analysis on phonological reduction and measures of string frequency and transitional probability of the word combination. Further, following Company Company (2002), a cross-dialectal comparison of relative frequency of use of no sé reveals differing degrees of intersubjectification of this discourse marker.
Rivas, Javier & Esther L. Brown. 2010. “Variable development of intersubjectivity in Spanish.” A Mosaic of Corpus Linguistics. Selected Approaches. Eds. Aquilino Sánchez & Moisés Almela. Frankfurt/Berlin: Peter Lang Frankfurt. 61–78.