Discourse Markers in Native and Non-native English Discourse

| Justus Liebig University, Giessen
ISBN 9789027253811 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027293961 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
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 (so, well, you know and like) 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.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 138]  2005.  xviii, 290 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of tables
List of figures
1. Introduction
2. So
3. Well
4. You know
5. Like
6. Conclusion
“Overall, this book is a solid and ambitious piece of research. [...] The analysis as it stands is a valuable reference for anyone studying discourse markers, especially but not limited to the four dealt with in these chapters.”
“[...] this book is a welcome addition to the existing literature on non-native acquisition and use of English.”
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