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The Rise of Discourse Markers
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The Rise of Discourse Markers (Hardback)

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Discourse markers constitute an important part of linguistic communication, and research on this phenomenon has been a thriving field of study over the past three decades. However, a problem that has plagued this research is that these markers exhibit a number of structural characteristics that are hard to interpret based on existing methodologies, such as grammaticalization. This study argues that it is possible to explain such characteristics in a meaningful way. It presents a cross-linguistic survey of the development of discourse markers, their important role in communication, and their relation to the wider context of sociocultural behaviour, with the goal of explaining their similarities and differences across a typologically wide range of languages. By giving a clear definition of discourse markers, it aims to provide a guide for future research, making it essential reading for students and researchers in linguistics, and anyone interested in exploring this fascinating linguistic phenomenon.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsHistorical & comparative linguisticsLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsSemantics Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 31/07/2021 ISBN-13: 9781108833851  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Bernd Heine is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of African Studies and Egyptology, University of Cologne. His main research areas are grammaticalization theory, endangered languages in Africa, and discourse grammar, his publications include more than 40 books and over 200 articles. Gunther Kaltenboeck is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Graz in Austria. His main research interests are cognitive-functional grammar, corpus linguistics, language variation and change. Tania Kuteva is a Full Professor of English Linguistics at Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf, a Professorial Research Associate of SOAS, University of London, and a Member of the Academy of Europe. Her main interests include grammaticalization, linguistic typology, language evolution, discourse grammar. Haiping Long is Professor at the English Department, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University. His research interests include grammaticalization, linguistic typology, historical linguistics, and discourse grammar.

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