LINGUIST List 32.2460

Thu Jul 22 2021

Books: The Rise of Discourse Markers: Heine, Kaltenböck, Kuteva, Long

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Date: 17-Jul-2021
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Subject: The Rise of Discourse Markers: Heine, Kaltenböck, Kuteva, Long
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Title: The Rise of Discourse Markers
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Bernd Heine
Author: Gunther Kaltenböck
Author: Tania Kuteva
Author: Haiping Long
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108833851 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108833851 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108833851 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

Discourse markers constitute an important part of linguistic communication, and research on this phenomenon has been a thriving field of study over the past three decades. However, a problem that has plagued this research is that these markers exhibit a number of structural characteristics that are hard to interpret based on existing methodologies, such as grammaticalization. This study argues that it is possible to explain such characteristics in a meaningful way. It presents a cross-linguistic survey of the development of discourse markers, their important role in communication, and their relation to the wider context of sociocultural behaviour, with the goal of explaining their similarities and differences across a typologically wide range of languages. By giving a clear definition of discourse markers, it aims to provide a guide for future research, making it essential reading for students and researchers in linguistics, and anyone interested in exploring this fascinating linguistic phenomenon.

1. The development of discourse markers: an introduction; 2. Concepts of analysis; 3. English discourse markers; 4. French discourse markers; 5. Japanese discourse markers; 6. Korean discourse markers; 7. Discourse markers in language contact; 8. Discussion; 9. Conclusions.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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