Edited by María de los Ángeles Gómez González and J. Lachlan Mackenzie
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 296] 2018
► pp. 75–108
Contrastive analysis of interactional discourse markers in English and Spanish newspaper texts
This chapter reports on the contrastive analysis of interpersonal discourse markers (IDMs) in a sample of English and Spanish newspaper texts in three genres: news reports, editorials and letters to the editor. The sample was divided into a training dataset of eighteen (English-Spanish) comparable texts and a larger dataset of 220 texts, divided into 60 news reports, 60 editorials and 100 letters to the editor. Following the methodology of Hovy & Lavid (2010), we present a preliminary annotation scheme validated by an inter-annotation agreement study. We then present the results of annotating the larger dataset, which reveals genre-related and language-specific variation in the distribution of IDMs in these newspaper genres. We discuss and provide some possible explanations for the results obtained.
- 2.Research questions
- 3.Corpus data
- 4.1Preliminary annotation scheme
- 4.2Pilot agreement study
- 4.3Annotation of the larger set
- 5.1Cross-genre comparison: News reports, editorials and letters
- 5.2Cross-linguistic comparison: English and Spanish
- 6.Summary and concluding remarks
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