Article published in:South Slavic Discourse Particles
Edited by Mirjana N. Dedaić and Mirjana Mišković-Luković
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 197] 2010
► pp. 23–44
2. Ama, a Bulgarian adversative connective
This paper represents an account of the Bulgarian adversative connective ama ‘but’ against the relevance-theoretic background and discourse approach. Basing her research on the data from Bulgarian spoken discourse collected in the 1990s and from a late nineteenth-century comic novel which employs various stylistic registers, Fielder finds the adversity of ama to be related not to the preceding asserted proposition, but rather to one that may be inferred from the context. As a discourse connective, ama marks an exchange structure and links it to the ongoing discourse. Fielder speculates that one of its confusing features could be its scope because ama can connect in an adversative relation on a local level or on a larger, more global level.
Published online: 19 May 2010