Correlative markers in EU-parliamentary French debate
The purpose of this paper is to describe the function of non seulement… mais (‘not only… but’) and et même (‘and even’) in the organization of argumentation in EU-parliamentary debate. They both reinforce the argumentation for a conclusion, but they behave differently on a textual-discursive level. Et même marks a difference in argumentative force between arguments, whereas non seulement… mais can also be used as a purely additive marker without implication on the scalarity between the arguments. This study is based on C-ParlEur. Corpus de discours du PARLement EURopéen consisting of 919 speeches during the debates delivered by the 78 French MEPs during the April 2006–March 2008 period.