Liesbeth Degand

List of John Benjamins publications for which Liesbeth Degand plays a role.


Discourse Markers and Modal Particles: Categorization and description

Edited by Liesbeth Degand, Bert Cornillie and Paola Pietrandrea

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 234] 2013. v, 239 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Pragmatics | Syntax

Identifying information and tenor in texts

Edited by Luuk Lagerwerf, Wilbert Spooren and Liesbeth Degand

Special issue of Information Design Journal 13:1 (2005) 96 pp.
Subjects Cognitive psychology | Communication Studies


Blochowiak, Joanna, Cristina Grisot and Liesbeth Degand 2022 From implicit to explicit: The processing of forward causal and temporal relationsPragmatics & Cognition 29:1, pp. 29–58 | Article
The presence of discourse relations can be marked explicitly with lexical items such as specialized and underspecified connectives or left implicit. It is now well established that the presence of specialized connective facilitates the processing of these relations. The question is to gauge how… read more
Degand, Liesbeth and Ludivine Crible 2021 Chapter 1. Discourse markers at the peripheries of syntax, intonation and turns: Towards a cognitive-functional unit of segmentationPragmatic Markers and Peripheries, Van Olmen, Daniël and Jolanta Šinkūnienė (eds.), pp. 19–48 | Chapter
In this study, we analyze to what extent the type of unit influences the position and function of discourse markers (DMs). By comparing DM use across peripheries and across units, we aim to identify which linguistic level (syntax, intonation, turns) is most functionally and cognitively motivated.… read more
Degand, Liesbeth 2019 Chapter 5. Causal relations between discourse and grammar: Because in spoken French and DutchEmpirical Studies of the Construction of Discourse, Loureda, Óscar, Inés Recio Fernández, Laura Nadal and Adriana Cruz (eds.), pp. 131–150 | Chapter
The chapter presents a cross-linguistic study of the subordinating conjunctions parce que in French and omdat in Dutch (both corresponding to English because) at the interface between discourse and grammar. It is argued that causal subordinate conjunctions do not always mark a causal relation at… read more
Bolly, Catherine T., Ludivine Crible, Liesbeth Degand and Deniz Uygur-Distexhe 2017 Chapter 2. Towards a model for discourse marker annotation: From potential to feature-based discourse markersPragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles: New perspectives, Fedriani, Chiara and Andrea Sansó (eds.), pp. 71–98 | Chapter
This chapter presents an empirical method for the identification and annotation of discourse markers (DMs) in in spontaneous spoken French (MDMA project). Central to the proposal is the assumption that DMs may be described as clusters of features that, in specific patterns of combination, allow… read more
Crible, Ludivine, Liesbeth Degand and Gaëtanelle Gilquin 2017 The clustering of discourse markers and filled pauses: A corpus-based French-English study of (dis)fluencyLanguages in Contrast 17:1, pp. 69–95 | Article
This article presents a corpus-based contrastive study of (dis)fluency in French and English, focusing on the clustering of discourse markers (DMs) and filled pauses (FPs) across various spoken registers. Starting from the hypothesis that markers of (dis)fluency, or ‘fluencemes’, occur more… read more
Discourse markers are a crucial component of natural language, which is why a description and account of their diachronic evolution must be part of our linguistic models. However, researchers have different views on whether this evolution should be accounted for in terms of grammaticalization… read more
Degand, Liesbeth, Anne-Catherine Simon, Noalig Tanguy and Thomas Van Damme 2014 Initiating a discourse unit in spoken French: Prosodic and syntactic features of the left peripheryDiscourse Segmentation in Romance Languages, Pons Bordería, Salvador (ed.), pp. 243–273 | Article
This chapter presents an empirical study of the left periphery of Basic Discourse Units, viz. the linguistic segments that speakers and hearers use to interpret the discourse they are engaged in. A Basic Discourse Unit is bound by the mapping of a syntactic (dependency) structure and a major… read more
Bolly, Catherine T. and Liesbeth Degand 2013 Have you seen what I mean? From verbal constructions to discourse markersJournal of Historical Pragmatics 14:2, pp. 210–235 | Article
The aim of this contribution is to investigate, by means of a diachronic multi-genre corpus-based approach (Academic, Narrative, and Present-day Spoken French), whether the historical functional shift from the propositional domain to the causal/pragmatic domain of linguistic expressions correlates… read more
Degand, Liesbeth and Benjamin Fagard 2011  Alors between discourse and grammar: The role of syntactic positionFunctions of Language 18:1, pp. 29–56 | Article
This paper presents an in-depth study of the semantics of the French discourse marker alors ‘at that time, then, so’. Its evolution from temporal adverbial with local anaphoric meaning to polysemous marker including conversation management uses in spoken French is traced through a systematic… read more
Fagard, Benjamin and Liesbeth Degand 2010 Cause and subjectivity, a comparative study of French and ItalianFrench Syntax in Contrast, Lahousse, Karen, Béatrice Lamiroy and Kristel Van Goethem (eds.), pp. 179–193 | Article
In this paper, we propose a contrastive corpus study of French car and parce que and Italian ché and perché, meaning “because”. Our goal is to assess the importance of subjectivity in grammaticalization in general, and in the renewal of causal conjunctions in particular. The evolution of these two… read more
The article investigates the multi-functional status of the French connective donc (‘so’) showing on the basis of a corpus analysis that the connective may be used to structure the discourse at different levels. The study distinguishes four main functions for donc: consequential, recapitulating,… read more
This paper deals with the semantics of two discourse markers, viz. French en fait (“in fact”) and Dutch eigenlijk (“actually”), commonly associated with the expression of “opposition” and “reformulation”. A special focus lies on methodological issues in the description of such markers, since their… read more
Lagerwerf, Luuk, Wilbert Spooren and Liesbeth Degand 2005 Identifying information and tenor in texts: IntroductionIdentifying information and tenor in texts, Lagerwerf, Luuk, Wilbert Spooren and Liesbeth Degand (eds.), pp. 1–4 | Article
Degand, Liesbeth and Yves Bestgen 2002 Assessing improvement in longer texts: Can we trust subjective judgments?Document Design 3:2, pp. 102–113 | Article
Degand, Liesbeth, Nathalie Lefèvre and Yves Bestgen 1999 The impact of connectives and anaphoric expressions on expository discourse comprehensionDocument Design 1:1, pp. 39–51 | Article
This study focuses on the impact of linguistic markers of coherence on the comprehension of expository discourse. The impact of such markers on comprehension (i.e., off-line) is a highly controversial topic in current studies, especially for connectives for which a facilitating as well as an… read more
Degand, Liesbeth 1996 Causation in Dutch and French: Interpersonal aspectsFunctional Descriptions: Theory in practice, Hasan, Ruqaiya †, Carmel Cloran and David Butt (eds.), pp. 207 ff. | Article