Connectives as Discourse Landmarks

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Agnès Celle, Ruth Huart
John Benjamins Publishing, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 212 pages
This set of eleven articles, by linguists from four different European countries and a variety of theoretical backgrounds, takes a new look at the discourse functions of a number of English connectives, from simple coordinators (and, but) to phrases of varying complexity (after all, the fact is that). Using authentic spoken and written data from varied sources, the authors explore the ways in which current uses of connectives result from the interaction of syntax, semantics and prosody, both over time and through diversity of discourse situations. Most adopt an integrative approach in which speaker-listener or writer-reader relationships are viewed as part and parcel of the linguistic properties of each marker. Because it combines functional, generative and enunciative approaches into a coherent whole with a common explanatory aim, this book will be of interest to linguists, corpus-linguists and all those who investigate the semantics-pragmatics interface.
 

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Contents

A study of rather
15
The fact is that
31
And as an aspectual connective in the event structure
49
Are you a good which or a bad which? The relative pronoun
71
The emergence of connective
89
The multifunctionality of well and
103
Circularity and discourse progression
117
Not that versus Its not that
135
An enunciative approach to some
155
Notes on yet and STILL
177
Reconsidering the discourse marking hypothesis Even even though
195
Index
211
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