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Discourse Markers : Studies in International Sociolinguistics - Deborah Schiffrin

Discourse Markers

Studies in International Sociolinguistics

Paperback Published: 2nd May 1988
ISBN: 9780521357180
Number Of Pages: 376

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Discourse markers--the particles oh, well, now, then, you know, and I mean, and the connectives so, because, and, but, and or --perform important functions in conversation and call for the rigorous analysis this study provides. Schiffrin's approach is interdisciplinary, within linguistics and sociology, and demonstrates that markers and the conversations in which they function can only be properly understood as an integration of structural, semantic, pragmatic, and social factors. The core of this book is a comparative analysis of markers within conversational discourse collected by Dr. Schiffrin during sociolinguistic fieldwork. The study raises a wide range of theoretical and methodological issues, and the insights it offers will be of great value to readers confronting the very substantial problem presented by the search for an adequate model of discourse.

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Intonation and transcription conventionsp. ix
Background: What is discourse?p. 1
Prelude to analysis: Definitions and datap. 31
Questions: Why analyze discourse markers?p. 49
Oh: Marker of information managementp. 73
Well: Marker of responsep. 102
Discourse connectives: and, but, orp. 128
So and because: Markers of cause and resultp. 191
Temporal adverbs: now and thenp. 228
Information and participation: y'know and I meanp. 267
Discourse markers: Contextual coordinates of talkp. 312
Notesp. 331
Referencesp. 342
Author indexp. 357
Subject indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780521357180
ISBN-10: 0521357187
Series: Studies in International Sociolinguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 2nd May 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.55