A Contrastive View of Discourse Markers

Discourse Markers of Saying in English and French

  • Laure Lansari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Laure Lansari
    Pages 95-113
  3. Laure Lansari
    Pages 217-227
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 229-230

About this book


This book is a comparative corpus-based study of discourse markers based on verbs of saying in English and French.  Based on a wide comparable web corpus, the book investigates how discourse markers work in discourse, and compares their differences of position, scope and collocations both cross-linguistically and within single languages. The author positions this study within the wider epistemological background of the French-speaking ‘enunciative’ tradition and the English-speaking ‘pragmatic’ tradition, and it will be of particular interest to students and scholars of semantics, pragmatics and contrastive linguistics.

Laure Lansari is Associate Professor at Paris Diderot University, France, where she teaches English/ French contrastive linguistics and translation.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Laure Lansari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English StudiesParis Diderot UniversityParisFrance

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