Understanding Pragmatic Markers: A Variational Pragmatic Approach

Understanding Pragmatic Markers: A Variational Pragmatic Approach

Understanding Pragmatic Markers: A Variational Pragmatic Approach

Understanding Pragmatic Markers: A Variational Pragmatic Approach

Synopsis

An original study of pragmatic markers in a corpus of spoken English, with a focus on the functions performed by the markers in different types of text.

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Communication processes do not merely apply to society: they are indefinitely
varied as to form and meaning for the various types of personal relationships
into which society resolves itself. Thus a fixed type of conduct or a linguistic
symbol has by no means necessarily the same communicative significance within
the confines of the family, among the members of an economic group, and in the
nation at large. (Sapir [1931] 1951)

A recent edited volume of articles on pragmatic markers describes the study of pragmatic markers as follows:

There are very many studies of discourse particles on the market, and by now
it is almost impossible to find one’s way through the jungle of publications. For
a newcomer to the field, it is furthermore often very difficult to find the bits
and pieces that constitute an original model of the meanings and functions of
discourse particles. Moreover, the studies available so far are hardly comparable:
the approaches vary with respect to very many different aspects: the language(s)
under consideration, the items taken into account, the terminology used,
the functions considered, the problems focussed on, and the methodologies
employed. (Fischer 2006: 1)

Research on pragmatic markers has avalanched in recent years and pragmatic markers have been promoted to a major area in pragmatics as shown by the large number of approaches devoted to the topic. the approaches are synchronic and diachronic, formal and informal; ‘approaches building on text-linguistic models; models of general cognitive processing or interactively relevant domains of discourse; as well as approaches concentrating on syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, or prosodic aspects’ (Fischer 2006: 1).

Notwithstanding the recent spate of research on pragmatic markers from different perspectives some challenges remain. the approach in this book is inspired by recent . . .

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