Discourse Structuring Markers in English

A historical constructionalist perspective on pragmatics

ORCID logoElizabeth Closs Traugott | Stanford University
ISBN 9789027210913 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027257925 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book is a contribution to the growing field of diachronic construction grammar. Focus is on corpus evidence for the importance of including conventionalized pragmatics within construction grammar and suggestions for how to do so. The empirical domain is the development of Discourse Structuring Markers in English such as after all, also, all the same, by the way, further and moreover (also known as Discourse Markers). The term Discourse Structuring Markers highlights their use not only to connect discourse segments but also to shape discourse coherence and understanding. Monofunctional Discourse Structuring Markers like further, instead, moreover are distinguished from multifunctional ones like after all and by the way. Drawing on usage-based work on constructionalization and constructional changes, the book is in three parts: foundational concepts, case studies, and currently open issues in diachronic construction grammar. These open issues are how to incorporate the concepts subjectification and intersubjectification into a constructional account of change, whether position in a clause is a construction, and the nature of constructional networks and how they change.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 33] 2022.  xviii, 274 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The book constitutes a highly welcome addition to the existing literature on DMs, supplementing previous accounts in important ways. Incorporating earlier findings made in work on construction grammar, it offers a wealth of information on all synchronic and diachronic aspects of DSMs and enriches our knowledge of DMs with a new perspective and a new approach. The observations made are supported by many examples and present an important resource for students of English, linguistics, and pragmatics.”
“This volume yields illuminating insight into a hitherto an underexplored area of conventionalized pragmatics within CxG, and takes a refreshing angle on DMs. The book is well-grounded and worthwhile on a number of grounds. Firstly, it is very well-written and enlightening since chapters are structurally and thematically related and mirror one another. Secondly, each chapter includes both an introduction and a summary, serving to reinforce readers’ understanding. Avoiding undue redundancy, the summaries provided are concise. Thirdly, as the book is furnished with a selective and highly pertinent review of literature followed by corpus-based and authentic examples, it strikes a good balance between theoretical and practical aspects of DMs. Therefore, it provides adequate information for those seeking to gain theoretically as well as those seeking incentive for their own research. Due mainly to fresh, thought-provoking quality content, this book constitutes an extremely rich contribution on DMs and CxG. Moreover, introducing a new approach and imparting a great deal of information on synchronic and diachronic aspects of DSMs/DMs, this monograph will be engaging for scholars and students of CxG and pragmatics.”
“This book is an important and thought-provoking contribution to historical constructional grammar combining the discussion of theoretical issues with the empirical analysis of a specific type of discourse markers. It is convincingly shown that pragmatics and discourse factors need to be incorporated into constructional models accounting for the rise of monofunctional DSMs (and multifunctional DMs) in English. Specifically, the network formalism makes it possible to describe the pragmatic and discourse-functional constraints on the changes undergone by the DSMs in a systematic way. The view of language change in this book is supported by the analysis of a number of case studies of different types of DSMs. These studies are particularly revealing because they are based on corpora and corpus-linguistic methods which are likely to have a key role in future developments in constructionalist historical pragmatics.”
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Traugott, Elizabeth Closs
2021. The rise of a concessive “category reassessment” construction. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 22:2  pp. 164 ff. DOI logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021059064