LINGUIST List 15.2775

Tue Oct 05 2004

Books: Pragmatics/Disc Analysis,Catalan/English: González

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Pragmatic Markers in Oral Narrative: González

Message 1: Pragmatic Markers in Oral Narrative: González

Date: 28-Sep-2004
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Pragmatic Markers in Oral Narrative: González

Title: Pragmatic Markers in Oral Narrative
Subtitle: The Case of English and Catalan
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 122

Published: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL:

Author: Montserrat González, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Hardback: ISBN: 1588115194 Pages: xvi, 410 pp. Price: U.S. $ 144.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027253641 Pages: xvi, 410 pp. Price: Europe EURO 120.00


This book presents the multifunctional nature of pragmatic discourse
markers in English and Catalan oral narratives from the point of view of
text linguistics and contrastive analysis. It is argued that English and
Catalan markers are distributed and operate differently at four different
levels in the varied discourse structures of the text, i.e. at the
ideational, the rhetorical, the sequential, and the inferential levels. The
results confirm the distinctions in functional-systemic levels, and
indicate that the nature of the two languages has a direct influence on the
presence and nature of markers in the texts. The study is built up on a
corpus of English and Catalan elicited narratives of native speakers,
adopting the sociolinguistic Labovian framework adapted to the situation of
educated adults.

The study results in a better understanding of the contribution of
pragmatic markers to the organization and the interpretation of oral texts,
bringing insights from relevance and cognitive approaches to text
structure, and moving from descriptive to theoretical levels of analysis
and discussion.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): Catalan-valencian-balear (Language Code: CLN)
                            English (Language Code: ENG)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG )

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