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1. To separate or unfasten; disconnect.
2. To remove from association or union with something.
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Matras's principle of pragmatic detachability states that elements that organize the speech event are perceived as "gesturelike, situation-bound devices and are therefore detachable from the content message of the utterance" (Matras 1998: 309).
In addition, Matras states criteria for pragmatic detachability that are based on three scales that predict which DMs are more "vulnerable" to borrowing from the pragmatically dominant language: the semantic scale; the category-sensitive scale; and the pragmatic, "operational" scale.
Alternative explanations to Matras's framework are presented here and are assessed, along with the principle of pragmatic detachability, in the subsequent sections.
An analysis of the pragmatic detachability of these DMs indicates that the discourse-marking system of PG is gradually and gradationally becoming an English-origin system, and hypothesis 3 is supported.
The DMs but/aber indicate contrast, which puts them high in pragmatic detachability in terms of the semantic scale, but they are lower on the operational scale because they are content- and not turn-related.
DMs that signal a change in speakers, or assumptions of those speakers, are, in Matras's terms, those with high levels of pragmatic detachability.
However, because y'know is frequently used in a turn-related fashion, it is high enough on the pragmatic detachability scale to be successfully incorporated into PG, although it has not managed to completely replace its German-origin counterpart.
The importance of the rainfall term in Eqn 1 is also evident from the fact that assuming a constant rainfall detachability alone could explain 29% of the total variation in event soil loss, while for a constant erodibility the model efficiency is only -0-03.