Discourse Markers Across Languages

Discourse Markers Across Languages : A Contrastive Study of Second-Level Discourse Markers in Native and Non-Native Text with Implications for General and Pedagogic Lexicography

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This book offers a corpus-based comparative study of an almost entirely unexplored set of multi-word lexical items serving pragmatic or text-structuring functions. Part One provides a descriptive account of multi-word discourse markers in written English, French and German, focussing on dicussion of interlingual equivalence. Part Two examines the use of multi-word markers by non-native speakers of English and discusses lexicographical and pedagogical implications.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.81mm | 521g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 175 black & white tables
  • 1138868299
  • 9781138868298

About Dirk Siepmann

Dirk Siepmann is at the English Department at Siegen University. His research interests are contrastive linguistics, translation, corpus linguistics and language teaching.show more

Table of contents

Part 1: Linguistic Considerations 1. Observing Languages: Introduction to Part 1 2. Investigating Routines: Defining and Describing Multi-Word Discourse Markers 3. Identifying Meanings and Functions: An Attempt at a Functional Taxonomy of SLDMs 4. Straddling Cultures: Three Types of Second-Level Discourse Markers in Contrastive Part 2: A Contrastive Interlanguage Analysis with Implications for Dictionary Making 1. Introduction to Part 2 2. Facing Realities: The Performance of Non-native Writers and Translators 3. Lexicographic Treatment of SLDMs 4. Avenues for Further Research.show more