Specific functions of stance adverbs in interaction: "obviously" in Sherlock Holmes

Journal: Region - Educational Research and Reviews DOI: 10.32629/rerr.v5i2.1179


The University of Edinburgh


Much research has studied stance markers, but little does detailed analysis on specific stance functions of a epistemic adverb apart from its classified basic function. This research does a corpus-study on the different stance functions of one epistemic adverb "obviously" in three seasons of Sherlock Holmes. The results are generated using Antconc software. Three practical functions are induced and some implications on learning and teaching stance markers are further discussed.


stance marker; epistemic adverb; English teaching; obviously


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