Discourse Markers in Native and Non-native English Discourse

Simone Müller
Justus Liebig University, Giessen
While discourse markers have been examined in some detail, little is known about their usage by non-native speakers. This book provides valuable insights into the functions of four discourse markers (so, well, you know and like) in native and non-native English discourse, adding to both discourse marker literature and to studies in the pragmatics of learner language. It presents a thorough analysis on the basis of a substantial parallel corpus of spoken language. In this corpus, American students who are native speakers of English and German non-native speakers of English retell and discuss a silent movie. Each of the main chapters of the book is dedicated to one discourse marker, giving a detailed analysis of the functions this discourse marker fulfills in the corpus and a quantitative comparison between the two speaker groups. The book also develops a two-level model of discourse marker functions comprising a textual and an interactional level.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 138]  2005.  xviii, 290 pp.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
ix
List of tables
xi
List of figures
xiii–xv
Abbreviations
xvii–xviii
1. Introduction
1–59
2. So
61–100
3. Well
101–146
4. You know
147–196
5. Like
197–239
6. Conclusion
241–252
Notes
253–254
References
255–269
Appendices
271–281
Indexes
283–290

Quotes

“Overall, this book is a solid and ambitious piece of research. [...] The analysis as it stands is a valuable reference for anyone studying discourse markers, especially but not limited to the four dealt with in these chapters.”
Janet M. Fuller, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, on Linguist List Vol. 17.2073 (2006)
“[...] this book is a welcome addition to the excisting literature on non-native acquisition and use of English.”
Eric A. Anchimbe, Bayreuth, Germany, in Anglia, Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie, Band 125 (2007), Heft 1

Subjects

Benjamins Subject classification

BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2005045282
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