Empirical Studies of the Construction of Discourse

| Heidelberg University
| Heidelberg University
| EAN University
| Heidelberg University
ISBN 9789027203472 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027262264 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
This volume assembles eleven articles addressing current concerns in discourse studies from an empirical perspective. Engaging with highly topical issues, they indicate the potential of an approach to the construction of discourse via corpus-based analysis, experimentation, or combined methodologies. The subject matters of the contributions, delivered by renowned scholars and dealing with either one or several languages, range from mechanisms through which information structure, connection and discourse organization are realized, to prosody as a determinant of hierarchy and specific functions of discourse markers, as well as innovative tools for visualizing discourse structure. The resulting volume addresses scholars working in a variety of topics, who either wish to incorporate empirical methods to their research or whose work is already empirically oriented and wish to gain insight into empirical evidence on state-of-the-art discursive phenomena.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 305]  2019.  vi, 321 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Óscar Loureda, Inés Recio Fernández, Adriana Cruz and Laura Nadal
Part I. Corpus-based studies
Chapter 1. Challenges in the contrastive study of discourse markers: The case of then
Karin Aijmer
Chapter 2. Local vs. global scope of discourse markers: Corpus-based evidence from syntax and pauses
Ludivine Crible
Chapter 3. Prosodic versatility, hierarchical rank and pragmatic function in conversational markers
Antonio Hidalgo Navarro and Diana Martínez Hernández
Chapter 4. A preliminary typology of interactional figures based on a tool for visualizing conversational structure
Guadalupe Espinosa-Guerri and Amparo García-Ramón
Chapter 5. Causal relations between discourse and grammar: Because in spoken French and Dutch
Liesbeth Degand
Chapter 6. A corpus-based comparative study of concessive connectives in English, German and Spanish: The distribution of although, obwohl and aunque in the Europarl corpus
Volker Gast
Part II. Experiment-based studies
Chapter 7. Processing patterns of focusing in Spanish
Adriana Cruz and Óscar Loureda
Chapter 8. Expectation changes over time: How long it takes to process focus imposed by German sogar
Johannes Gerwien and Martha Rudka
Chapter 9. Processing implicit and explicit causality in Spanish
Laura Nadal and Inés Recio Fernández
Part III. Combined approaches
Chapter 10. Subjectivity and Causality in discourse and cognition: Evidence from corpus analyses, acquisition and processing
Ted J.M. Sanders and Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul
Chapter 11. Subjectivity of English connectives: A corpus and experimental investigation of result forward causality signals in written language
Marta Andersson
“The studies collected here engage with important and current issues in the field and contribute a range of novel data and perspectives through which to consider both the nature of specific types of discourse constructions and the way in which they can potentially be studied. The volume contributes significant insights and the chapters can serve as valuable models for empirical work for scholars at the graduate level and beyond.”
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019018777