Introduction: Discourse-pragmatic markers in speech and sign

Ludivine Crible, Sarah E. Blackwell

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Not all levels of linguistic analysis are equal. From phonology to morpho-syntax and semantics there is a hierarchy of units, with rules constraining their combination and articulation. Discourse, which usually involves above-clause-level phenomena, is at the top of this hierarchy. It is where ideas and intentions assemble to give cohesion and coherence to a text or interaction. As Graesser et al. (1997: 164) put it, “Discourse is what makes us human, what allows us to communicate ideas, facts, and feelings across time and space.” Therefore, it is crucial to understand the expressions and mechanisms that speakers use to construct discourse in everyday language use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Early online date3 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


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