Periphery – Diachronic and Cross-Linguistic Approaches
  • ISSN 1566-5852
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9854
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This study examines the diachronic and synchronic development of the discourse marker (‘but, by the way’). Etymologically, having derived from the sequence of the deictic predicate and the clause-final suffix – (‘but, in the circumstance that’), is frequently used as a turn-initiator in spoken discourse. While each source form of is attested in the earliest text written in Korean (fifteenth century), the form itself is found only in early-twentieth-century texts. The development of at peripheries shows unique features in terms of discourse functions and prosody. There exists a functional asymmetry between the left and the right peripheral . Prosodically, LP forms a salient disjuncture, while the RP is integrated into the preceding element. Using both written and spoken corpora, this study investigates the emergence and development of at peripheries, and its interaction with prosody.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): background information; contrastive; deictic; discourse marker; prosody; social action
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