Correlative markers in EU-parliamentary French debate

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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.


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