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LINGUIST List 16.1573

Tue May 17 2005

Books: Discourse Analysis/Ling Theories/Semantics: Travis

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Discourse Markers in Colombian Spanish: Travis


Message 1: Discourse Markers in Colombian Spanish: Travis
Date: 17-May-2005
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Discourse Markers in Colombian Spanish: Travis


Title: Discourse Markers in Colombian Spanish
Subtitle: A Study in Polysemy
Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics Research 27
Published: 2005
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110181614-1&l=D

Author: Catherine E. Travis, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Hardback: ISBN: 3110181614 Pages: xiv, 328 pages Price: U.S. $ 151.20 Comment: for USA, Canada, Mexico
Hardback: ISBN: 3110181614 Pages: xiv, 328 pages Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Abstract:

Of interest to: Students and Scholars of Romance Linguistics, Discourse
Studies and Cognitive Linguistics; Academic Libraries; Institutes

This book presents a semantic analysis of a set of four functionally
related discourse markers that are particularly frequent in conversational
Colombian Spanish. A corpus of four hours of spontaneous conversation is
used to study the markers bueno 'well, OK', pues 'well, then', o sea 'I
mean, that is to say' and entonces 'so, then'.

Through a detailed analysis of numerous examples drawn from the corpus, and
employing both quantitative and qualitative techniques, it is demonstrated
that, contrary to popular belief, discourse markers are not just functional
particles with indeterminate or context-based semantics. Rather, they have
inherent meanings which can be identified and exhaustively defined with an
appropriate semantic methodology, such as is provided by the Natural
Semantic Metalanguage approach. This study illustrates that this approach,
which has been widely applied to the semantics of the lexicon and the
grammar, can be extended to the semantics of discourse-based features,
supporting the notion that meaning of all aspects of language forms one
semantic system.

This research also has implications for the study of polysemy, in that it
operationalizes the little understood, but classical definition of polysemy
of items with 'a shared element of meaning', and it demonstrates that the
polysemous relations of discourse markers are centered around an invariant
core that can be identified on the basis of their use in discourse. As one
of the first corpus-based studies to present a semantic account of the
multifunctional nature of discourse markers this book makes an important
contribution to research on the relationship between semantics and
discourse-pragmatics, and polysemy in discourse.

Catherine E. Travis is Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque.

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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Spanish (SPN)
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (ENG )

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