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Title: Pragmatic Markers in Oral Narrative
Subtitle: The Case of English and Catalan
Written By: Montserrat González
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 122

This book presents the multifunctional nature of pragmatic discourse markers in English and Catalan oral narratives from the point of view of text linguistics and contrastive analysis. It is argued that English and
Catalan markers are distributed and operate differently at four different levels in the varied discourse structures of the text, i.e. at the ideational, the rhetorical, the sequential, and the inferential levels. The results confirm the distinctions in functional-systemic levels, and indicate that the nature of the two languages has a direct influence on the presence and nature of markers in the texts. The study is built up on a corpus of English and Catalan elicited narratives of native speakers, adopting the sociolinguistic Labovian framework adapted to the situation of educated adults.

The study results in a better understanding of the contribution of pragmatic markers to the organization and the interpretation of oral texts, bringing insights from relevance and cognitive approaches to text structure, and moving from descriptive to theoretical levels of analysis and discussion.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Catalan-Valencian-Balear
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115194
ISBN-13: 9781588115195
Pages: xvi, 410 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 162
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253641
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Pages: xvi, 410 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 120.00