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Discourse Markers in the Narratives of New York Hasidim

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Abstract

This paper examines the discourse markers found in the Yiddish narratives of nine Hasidic New York men. It finds one new discourse marker: a grammaticalized use of the word “shoyn”. Separated intonationally from the two sentences it connects, this new discourse marker helps speakers avoid the subject-verb inversion that marks discoursal continuity in Yiddish. As such, it reinforces a tendency in this community to avoid V2 within a clause and between clauses.

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