Discourse Markers and Modal Particles
Categorization and description
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
“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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