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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: D'abord <i>marqueur de structuration du discours</i>
Author: Myriam Bras
Institution: Université de Toulouse - Le Mirail
Author: Anne Le Draoulec
Institution: Université de Toulouse - Le Mirail
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis; Morphology
Abstract: Dans les études sur les adverbes du français, d'abord a la particularité d'être considéré à la fois comme un adverbe conjonctif et comme un adverbe organisateur du discours. Dans la présente analyse, nous nous focalisons sur les relations de d'abord avec son contexte gauche, dans le cadre théorique de la Segmented Discourse Representation Theory. Nous montrons que le constituant contenant d'abord est attaché, par une relation de discours subordonnante, à un constituant considéré comme topique de discours. Les relations subordonnantes peuvent être des relations d’Elaboration, d’Explication, de Résultat ou de Précondition. A l'inverse, nous montrons que d'abord interdit les relations coordonnantes pour le rattachement à son contexte gauche.

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