On contrastive relations in academic spoken discourse


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Contrastive relations between successive or more distant segments of discourse rank among the most informative semantic relations in both spoken and written English (cf. Kortmann 1991) since they create important cohesive links and thus contribute to the establishing of discourse coherence. The author investigates authentic texts from four different types of speech situations representing academic spoken discourse (MICASE) while searching for discourse markers (DMs) expressing contrastive relations. Her aim is to describe the ways in which selected markers are used by native speakers of American English to form coherent discourse.


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