Article published in:South Slavic Discourse Particles
Edited by Mirjana N. Dedaić and Mirjana Mišković-Luković
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 197] 2010
► pp. 109–131
6. Reformulating and concluding
The pragmatics of the Croatian discourse marker dakle
While it is primarily a reformulator, the Croatian discourse marker dakle also has several other functional pragmatic ingredients. Dedaic considers these elements in her attempt to both give a unitary account of this discourse marker and to tease out, in a comparative analysis, whether particles from different languages might share some common elements. In a unitary account of dakle (‘consequently’, ‘then’, ‘therefore’, ‘so’, ‘in other words’) as a discourse marker whose properties are of a primarily non-conceptual and highly multifunctional nature, Dedaic finds that its linguistic form contributes to the inferential processes involved in utterance understanding by making the causative-resultative relationship between the preceding and following discourse segments explicit. Furthermore, dakle seems to have developed two more functions in discourse – argumentative/rhetorical and attitudinal.
Published online: 19 May 2010