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Ildikó Vaskó Eötvös Loránd University Department of Scandinavian Studies Rákóczi út 5 H-1088 Budapest Hungary

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The aim of this paper is to introduce the Hungarian pragmatic marker persze through its versatile function in the language and to collect evidence that it can also occur as a marker of epistemic modality. Persze is particularly salient in oral communication, where it relates its host unit to the previous utterance and has a variable scope ranging from a single lexical item to a whole paragraph. It preserved its core meaning in all of its occurrences, namely pinpointing the self-evidence of the truth of the proposition it stands with and encodes a specific epistemic attitude of the speaker to the proposition expressed by the clause in which persze appears.

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