Pragmatic Markers and Sociolinguistic Variation: A by Gisle Andersen PDF

By Gisle Andersen

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This identify combines theoretical paintings in linguistic pragmatics and sociolinguistics with empirical paintings in line with a corpus of London adolescent dialog. It makes a basic contribution to the research of pragmatic markers because it proposes an analytical version that consists of notions corresponding to subjectivity, interactional and textual potential, and the excellence among contextual alignment and divergence. those notions are outlined in line with how details contained in an utterance interacts with the cognitive surroundings of the hearer. additionally, the version captures the diachronic improvement of markers from lexical goods through techniques of grammaticalization, arguing that markerhood should be seen as a gradient phenomenon.

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The connection between the notion ‘discourse marker’ and textual functions is also salient in Schiffrin’s account, where she defines discourse markers as ‘sequentially dependent elements which bracket units of talk’ (Schiffrin 1987: 31). Against this background, I claim, along with Brinton, that ‘pragmatic better captures the range of functions filled by these items’ (1996: 30). 3 Pragmatic markers and (non-)propositional meaning Most studies (although not Brinton 1996) seem to regard non-propositionality as an essential property of pragmatic markers.

A case in point is since, which has developed from a connective with a temporal meaning ‘from the time that’, but came to be used with an associated implicature of causality. This implicature gradually became conventionalised, resulting in the polysemous since of present day English. 38 P M  S V In relevance theory terms, such a development would involve a gradual change from a conceptual meaning of temporalness to a procedural meaning indicating which part of an utterance is to be taken as premise and conclusion in an inferential process.

And So? in (5) and (6). 1 Identification of propositional meaning What are the elements of an utterance that constitute its propositional meaning? The identification of the proposition expressed is far from unproblematic. g. Katz 1972; Wilson & Sperber 1981; Carston 1996a, 1998) have documented that the linguistically encoded meaning underdetermines the propositional meaning of utterances, and that pragmatic inference is required to fill the gap between encoded linguistic content and the proposition expressed.

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