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LINGUIST List 19.2978

Thu Oct 02 2008

Diss: Semantics: Sanchez: 'Discourse Dynamics'

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        1.    Sara Sanchez, Discourse Dynamics

Message 1: Discourse Dynamics
Date: 01-Oct-2008
From: Sara Sanchez <yasara.sanchezhotmail.com>
Subject: Discourse Dynamics
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Institution: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Program: Applied Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Sara Sanchez

Dissertation Title: Discourse Dynamics

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)

Dissertation Director:
Marta Tordesillas

Dissertation Abstract:

Study of the French discourse markers 'donc' and 'alors' within the
framework of the semantics of argumentation and enunciation. Our thesis
proposes to clear away the old scientific paradigm of causality -
causation, attainment, conclusivity - from the grammatical and linguistic
descriptions of these markers. We understand that this descriptive
principle is grounded in referential theories of the language. We
demonstrate the lack of theoretical consistency of this scientific
paradigm, and we raise a new descriptive proposal for this pair of markers
in a non-referential theory of the language, within the specific framework
of discourse dynamics. We show how these markers emerge generating
discourse dynamics from argumentative or conclusive types, which we
associate with a specific argumentative and enunciative configuration, that
we describe with heuristic instruments: semantic blocks, and enunciative

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