Discourse Markers

An Enunciative Approach

  • Graham Ranger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Graham Ranger
    Pages 1-15
  3. Graham Ranger
    Pages 93-134
  4. Graham Ranger
    Pages 305-309
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 311-314

About this book


In our everyday speech we represent events and situations, but we also provide commentary on these representations, situating ourselves and others relative to what we have to say and situating what we say in larger contexts. The present volume examines this activity of discourse marking from an enunciative perspective, providing the first English-language study of the highly influential Theory of Enunciative and Predicative Operations. This semantic/pragmatic theory is popular among academics who specialize in linguistics, discourse analysis, translation studies and didactics in France, but has not yet been widely adopted elsewhere. The tools of this theory are applied to a variety of specific discourse markers in contemporary English and semantic hypotheses are tested using the data-based approach of corpus linguistics. This book therefore provides an English-speaking readership with the keys to understand the theory underlying the author’s analysis of a selection of discourse (‘anyway’, ‘indeed’, ‘in fact’, ‘yet’, ‘still’, ‘like’ and 'I think'). This book will provide a valuable resource for students and researchers in linguistics with an interest in discourse markers, natural language argumentation, formal semantics, the interfaces between syntax, semantics and pragmatics, linguistic theorisation and French – or “poststructural” – models of discourse analysis.


TOPE Natural language argumentation Formal semantics Formal semantic modelling Didactics Theory of Enunciative and Predicative Operations semantics pragmatics corpus linguistics poststructuralism discourse marker Antoine Culioli pragmatic marker grammaticalization multicategoriality multifunctionality polysemy schematic forms

Authors and affiliations

  • Graham Ranger
    • 1
  1. 1.Département des études du monde anglophone, UFR-ALLUniversité d’Avignon et des Pays de VaucluseAvignonFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70904-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70905-5
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