Utterance Discourse and Meaning: A Pragmatic Journey with the Bangla Discourse Particle /na/

  • Rimi Ghosh Dastidar
  • Sibansu Mukhopadhyay
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8284)

Abstract

For some cases meaning only depends on the manner of utterances. Discourse particles as the discourse-marking expressions are such cases which are extremely valuable in a discourse and exceptionally ambiguous in terms of language processing. This paper provides a particular case study with the elaborated examples of typical context sensitivity of the utterances of Bangla discourse particle na. We also attempt to analyze syntactic distribution. Such as topicalization and tag question formation with na in Bangla. Each type of nais exemplified with a spectrum graph to indicate the variation of the utterances. This attempt follows a descriptive framework of pragmatic analysis of discourse.

Keywords

Utterance topicalization tag question Illocutionary act 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rimi Ghosh Dastidar
    • 1
  • Sibansu Mukhopadhyay
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Languages and LinguisticsJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Society for Natural Language Technology ResearchKolkataIndia

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