Kay (thesouth_star) wrote in linguistics,

"Just" as a discourse marker?

Hi, I'm new to this community and I'm having conflicting thoughts regarding the use of "just" as a discourse marker. 

I'm an undergraduate in my first linguistics course, and I'm writing an analytical essay trying to prove "just," in the right context, could be viewed as such.

One sentence from my data is: "I feel like- it's not like- they probably just got married just to make that much money."  My argument is that just is nonobligatory in this sentence, and that it is mitigating the authority of the speaker (coupled with the inclusion of "like.").

Any strong opinions on this?
Please and thank you ahead of time!

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