Discourse Markers and (Dis)fluency
Forms and functions across languages and registers
Ludivine Crible | Université catholique de Louvain
Spoken language is characterized by the occurrence of linguistic devices such as discourse markers (e.g. so, well, you know, I mean) and other so-called “disfluent” phenomena, which reflect the temporal nature of the cognitive mechanisms underlying speech production and comprehension. The purpose of this book is to distinguish between strategic vs. symptomatic uses of these markers on the basis of their combination, function and distribution across several registers in English and French. Through deep quantitative and qualitative analyses of manually annotated features in the new DisFrEn corpus, this usage-based study provides (i) an exhaustive portrait of discourse markers in English and French and (ii) a scale of (dis)fluency against which different configurations of discourse markers can be diagnosed as rather fluent or disfluent. By bringing together discourse markers and (dis)fluency under one coherent framework, this book is a unique contribution to corpus-based pragmatics, discourse analysis and crosslinguistic fluency research.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 286] 2018. xvi, 252 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
List of figures | pp. ix–x
List of tables | pp. xi–xii
List of abbreviations and acronyms | pp. xiii–xiv
Acknowledgments | pp. xv–xvi
Chapter 1. Introduction | pp. 1–8
Chapter 2. Definitions and corpus-based approaches to fluency and disfluency | pp. 9–32
Chapter 3. Definitions and corpus-based approaches to discourse markers | pp. 33–54
Chapter 4. Corpus and method | pp. 55–80
Chapter 5. Portraying the category of discourse markers | pp. 81–128
Chapter 6. Disfluency in interviews | pp. 129–148
Chapter 7. The (dis)fluency of discourse markers | pp. 149–176
Chapter 8. Discourse markers in repairs | pp. 177–206
Chapter 9. Conclusion | pp. 207–214
Discourse markers by register
Appendix 1. Discourse markers by register | p. 233
Appendix 2. List of discourse markers in DisFrEn and their functions | pp. 235–243
Appendix 3. List of functions in DisFrEn and their discourse markers | pp. 245–248
Appendix 4. Top-five most frequent functions by register in DisFrEn | p. 249
Index | pp. 251–252
“Without any doubt, with DisFrEn, Ludivine Crible developed the largest, most diverse, and most inclusive spoken corpus annotated at the discourse level. This makes it an invaluable resource for further research, both for theoretical work and (computational) applications. The design of the annotation scheme, which is a topic of continuing research, is a crucial contribution to the field. The detailed way in which she motivates all her methodological decisions and procedures leaves the reader with a very transparent piece of work, making it possible to either replicate some of the studies, or to compare it with related work.”
Liesbeth Degand, Université Catholique de Louvain
“This excellent and innovative book offers a wealth of new data about discourse markers in spoken French and English. It will appeal to all researchers interested in discourse phenomena, corpus linguistics and cross-linguistic studies. I highly recommend it.”
Sandrine Zufferey, Universität Bern
“Crible has managed to perform quite a few impressive tasks in one project. This work will surely provide insight and nuance to the field of both pragmatics and corpus linguistics.”
Meaghan Blanchard, KU Leuven, in Corpus Pragmatics Vol. 3 (2019)
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