Edited by Óscar Loureda, Inés Recio Fernández, Laura Nadal and Adriana Cruz
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 305] 2019
► pp. 17–42
Chapter 1. Challenges in the contrastive study of discourse markers
The case of then
I argue that the position of the discourse markers in the utterance should be part of the contrastive analysis on the basis of a corpus case study of then and its Swedish cognate då. The focus for the contrastive analysis has been on then which has been studied both in the left and the right periphery while då has been investigated only in its use in the right periphery. English and Swedish then/då seem to have partly overlapping polysemies reflecting the fact that they are not completely grammaticalized. However, when we take the position of then/då into account there are differences between them reflecting both the uncertain distinction between their uses as discourse marker or modal particle and that languages prefer different strategies.