Discourse Markers and Modal Particles
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Liesbeth Degand | Université catholique de Louvain
Bert Cornillie | University of Leuven
Paola Pietrandrea | Université de Tours & LLL CNRS
Discourse markers and modal particles are fuzzy linguistic categories that are difficult to describe. The contributions in this volume go beyond this statement. They discuss the intersection between modal particles and discourse markers and examine whether or not it is possible to draw a line between these two types of linguistic expressions. On the basis of new synchronic and diachronic data, from speech and writing, from European and Asian languages or cross-linguistically, the authors answer the question whether discourse markers and modal particles are distinct categories, whether they form a cline, or whether modal particles are a subcategory of discourse markers. This common question shows up throughout all chapters, which makes the book to a coherent whole. By disentangling the complexity of categorizing multifunctional expressions, this book also sheds new light on the processes of meaning extension. The traditional discourse and modal functions are complemented by interactional and textual ones. A must read for functional linguists.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 234] 2013. v, 239 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Modal particles and discourse markers: Two sides of the same coin? IntroductionLiesbeth Degand, Bert Cornillie and Paola Pietrandrea | pp. 1–18
“Same same but different” – Modal particles, discourse markers and the art (and purpose) of categorizationGabriele Diewald | pp. 19–46
A radical construction grammar perspective on the modal particle-discourse particle distinctionKerstin Fischer and Maria Alm | pp. 47–88
Analyzing modal adverbs as modal particles and discourse markersKarin Aijmer | pp. 89–106
Modal particles, discourse markers, and adverbs with lt-suffix in EstonianAnnika Valdmets | pp. 107–132
Modal particles: Problems in defining a categorySteven Schoonjans | pp. 133–162
From TAM to discourse: The role of information status in North-Western Italian già ‘already’Mario Squartini | pp. 163–190
The fuzzy boundaries between discourse marking and modal markingMaria Josep Cuenca | pp. 191–216
From discourse markers to modal/final particles: What the position reveals about the continuumKatsunobu Izutsu and Mitsuko Narita Izutsu | pp. 217–236
“The book as a whole will certainly stimulate new and interesting discussions around the concept of modal particle and will no doubt lead to the discovery of many MPs in many different languages.”
Ulrich Detges, LMU Munich, in Functions of Language Vol. 22:1 (2015)
“This book gives a theoretically inspiring account of linguistic categorization, and it is also a useful reference book for researchers in the field of discourse studies, particularly for those who take a functional/pragmatic perspective.”
Zhongyi Xu, Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages, P.R. China & Lancaster University, UK, in Discourse Studies 17(5), 2015
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Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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