Discourse Markers / Edition 1

Discourse Markers / Edition 1

by Deborah Schiffrin
     
 

Discourse markers -- the particles oh, well, now, then, you know and I mean, and the connectives so, because, and, but and or -- perform important functions in conversation and have called for the rigorous analysis which this study provides. Dr Schiffrin's approach is firmly interdisciplinary, within linguistics and sociology, and she clearly demonstrates that neither… See more details below

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Discourse markers -- the particles oh, well, now, then, you know and I mean, and the connectives so, because, and, but and or -- perform important functions in conversation and have called for the rigorous analysis which this study provides. Dr Schiffrin's approach is firmly interdisciplinary, within linguistics and sociology, and she clearly demonstrates that neither the markers, nor the discourse within which they function, can be understood from one point of view alone, but only as an integration of structural, semantic, pragmatic, and social factors.

The core of the book is a comparative analysis of markers within conversational discourse collected by Dr Schiffrin during sociolinguistic fieldwork. The study concludes that markers provide contextual coordinates which aid in the production and interpretation of coherent conversation at both local and global levels of organization. It raises a wide range of theoretical and methodological issues important to discourse analysis -- including the relationship between meaning and use, the role of qualitive and quantitative analyses -- and the insights it offers will be of particular value to readers confronting the very substantial problems presented by the search for a model of discourse which is based on what people actually say, mean, and do with words in everyday social interaction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521357180
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1988
Series:
Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsviii
Intonation and transcription conventionsix
1Background: What is discourse?1
2Prelude to analysis: Definitions and data31
3Questions: Why analyze discourse markers?49
4Oh: Marker of information management73
5Well: Marker of response102
6Discourse connectives: and, but, or128
7So and because: Markers of cause and result191
8Temporal adverbs: now and then228
9Information and participation: y'know and I mean267
10Discourse markers: Contextual coordinates of talk312
Notes331
References342
Author index357
Subject index361

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