The Interface between Intonation and Function of Discourse Markers in English
Keywords:linguistics, discourse analysis, intonation
The article examines how the function and the distribution of pragmatic markers in spoken discourse are reflected by prosodic means. The results of this preliminary analysis show that the intonation largely depends on the discourse function of a marker; on the one hand; and the speaker’s perception of its importance for the ongoing discourse. A vague division can be made between the prosodic patterns of those discourse markers which are strongly involved in the organisation and monitoring of the discourse; and those whose function is more pragmatic.
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