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Discourse Markers in Native and Non-native English Discourse

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Abstract

While discourse markers have been examined in some detail, little is known about their usage by non-native speakers. This book provides valuable insights into the functions of four discourse markers (<i>so, well, you know </i>and <i>like</i>) in native and non-native English discourse, adding to both discourse marker literature and to studies in the pragmatics of learner language. It presents a thorough analysis on the basis of a substantial parallel corpus of spoken language. In this corpus, American students who are native speakers of English and German non-native speakers of English retell and discuss a silent movie. Each of the main chapters of the book is dedicated to one discourse marker, giving a detailed analysis of the functions this discourse marker fulfills in the corpus and a quantitative comparison between the two speaker groups. The book also develops a two-level model of discourse marker functions comprising a textual and an interactional level.

Subjects: Discourse studies; Pragmatics; Language acquisition; English linguistics; Germanic linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Justus Liebig University, Giessen

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