Chapter published in:Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles: New perspectives
Edited by Chiara Fedriani and Andrea Sansó
[Studies in Language Companion Series 186] 2017
► pp. 99–124
Towards an operational category of discourse markers
A definition and its model
The field of discourse markers (DMs) studies suffers from lack of consensus on the limits and definition of the category. There seems to be a crucial need for onomasiological studies that account for every kind of DM in cross-linguistic data. This study presents a proposal for an operational, corpus-based definition of DMs that addresses several theoretical and methodological shortcomings in the field. I claim that any categorical definition is only useful insofar as it is endorsed by an empirical model of identification and annotation. Such a model will be described and illustrated by relevant authentic examples from a pilot study on a comparable corpus of French and English interviews.
Keywords: discourse markers, linguistic categorization, corpus-based pragmatics, annotation protocol, bilingual corpus
Published online: 13 November 2017
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