Discourse Markers in Early Modern English

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This volume provides new insights into the nature of the Early Modern English discourse markers <i>marry</i>, <i>well</i> and <i>why</i> through the analysis of three corpora (<i>A Corpus of English Dialogues, 1560-1760, </i>the<i> Parsed Corpus of Early English Correspondence,</i> and the<i> Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Early Modern English</i>). By combining both quantitative and qualitative approaches in the study of pragmatic markers, innovative findings are reached about their distribution throughout the period 1500-1760, their attestation in different speech-related text types as well as similarities and differences in their functions. Additionally, this work engages in a sociopragmatic study, based on the sociopragmatically annotated <i>Drama Corpus</i> of almost a quarter of a million words, to enhance our understanding about their use by characters of different social status and gender. This volume therefore constitutes an essential piece of the puzzle in our attempt to gain a full picture of discourse marker use.

Subjects: English linguistics; Germanic linguistics; Discourse studies; Pragmatics; Historical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Birmingham City University

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