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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: English Discourse Particles
Subtitle: Evidence from a corpus
Written By: Karin Aijmer
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics

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 nowþ 57•95
The interjections oh and ahþ 97•151
The interpersonal particle justþ 153•174
The ‘adjuster’ sort ofþ 175•209
Particles with vague reference: ‘and that sort of thing’ 211•249
The expectation marker actuallyþ 251•275
Conclusion 277•279
References 281•290
Index 291•299

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112845
ISBN-13: 9781588112842
Pages: xvi, 299 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 149
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027222800
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xvi, 299 pp.
Prices: EUR 95.00