Connectives as Discourse Landmarks

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Agnès Celle, Ruth Huart
John Benjamins Publishing, Jun 27, 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

Connectives as discourse landmarks
1
Connectives and modality
13
Connectives modals and prototypes
15
The interface between discourse and grammar
31
From syntax to pragmatics
47
And as an aspectual connective in the event structure of pseudocoordinative constructions
49
Are you a good which or a bad which?
71
From temporal to contrastive and causal
89
A because B so A
117
Not that versus Its not that
135
In search of operations
153
Hes a cop but he isnt a bastard
155
Continuity and discontinuity in discourse
177
Reconsidering the discourse marking hypothesis
195
Index
211
The series Pragmatics Beyond New Series
213

Discourse strategies
101
Orchestrating conversation
103

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