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Books: Text/Corpus Linguistics: Aijmer

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  1. paul, English Discourse Particles: Aijmer

Message 1: English Discourse Particles: Aijmer

Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 13:51:21 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: English Discourse Particles: Aijmer

Title: English Discourse Particles
Subtitle: Evidence from a corpus
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins

Author: Karin Aijmer 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588112845, Pages: xvi, 299, Price: USD 86.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222800, Pages: xvi, 299, Price: EUR 95.00

There are few aspects of language which are more problematic than its
discourse particles. The present study of discourse particles draws
upon data from the London-Lund Corpus to show how the methods and
tools of corpora can sharpen their description. The first part of the
book provides a picture of the state of the art in discourse particle
studies and introduces the theory and methodology for the analysis in
the second part of the book. Discourse particles are analysed as
elements which have been grammaticalised and as a result have certain
properties and uses. The importance of linguistic and contextual cues
such as text type, position in the discourse, prosody and collocation
for analysing discourse particles is illustrated. The following
chapters deal with specific discourse particles (now, oh, just, sort
of, and that sort of thing, actually) on the basis of their empirical
analysis in the London-Lund Corpus. Examples and extended extracts
from many different text types are provided to illustrate what
discourse particles are doing in discourse.

Table of Contents

Key to prosodic transcription xiii - xiv 
Acknowledgements xv 
Introduction 1 - 56 
The topic-changer now 57 - 95 
The interjections oh and ah 97 - 151 
The interpersonal particle just 153 - 174 
The 'adjuster' sort of 175 - 209 
Particles with vague reference: 'and that sort of thing' 211 - 249 
The expectation marker actually 251 - 275 
Conclusion 277 - 279 
References 281 - 290 
Index 291 - 299

Lingfield(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (Language code: ENG)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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