The coding of discourse relations in English and German argumentative discourse

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This chapter examines contrastively the overt and non-overt coding of discourserelations in British English and German editorials. Particular attention is givento the linguistic coding of discourse relations between adjacently and non-adjacentlypositioned discourse units, and to the question of granularity. In thedata, the discourse relation of Contrast is coded overtly in adjacent and nonadjacentpositioning in the two languages, while Continuation, Elaboration,Explanation and Comment are coded differently. In the British data, there is aclear preference for coding discourse relations between adjacently positionedsubordinating discourse relations overtly on the level of clause, and in theGerman data, discourse relations holding between non-adjacently positionedsentences are preferably marked overtly.


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