‘Sort of’ – academic study

When did English-speaking people start saying “sort of”? The phrase can be dated at least as far back as 1788 – as is explained in this paper ‘History of the sort of construction family’ (presented at ICCG2: Second International Conference on Construction Grammar, Helsinki.) by David Denison FBA, Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics at the University of Manchester, UK.

Also see : The professor’s observations on counterfactual ‘may have’

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