Discourse Markers in the Narratives of New York Hasidim
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.