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Discourse markers and regional variation in French

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Abstract

This chapter examines several discourse markers (DMs) which are common in spontaneous Quebec French and which derive from verbs of perception/cognition (<i>coudon</i> &#8216;hey, by the way&#8217;, <i>&#233;coute</i> &#8216;listen&#8217;) and temporal and consecutive markers (<i>pis</i> &#8216;and, so, so what?&#8217;, <i>alors</i> &#8216;so&#8217;, <i>(&#231;a)&#160;fait&#160;que</i> &#8216;so&#8217;). From a lexico-semantic point of view, regional variation &#8211; a not insignificant characteristic of DMs &#8211; results from the fact that an item whose meaning predisposes it to become a pragmatic item becomes pragmaticalized in one region but not necessarily in the other, or does not attain the same degree of pragmaticalization in one region as in another.

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