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Discourse topic organisation: signalling macro-topic boundaries

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Martínez Caro, Elena and Downing, Angela (1999) Discourse topic organisation: signalling macro-topic boundaries. In Actas del XXI Congreso Internacional de A.E.D.E.A.N. (Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos). Universidad de Sevilla, Secretariado de Publicaciones, Sevilla, pp. 681-687. ISBN 9788447204892

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Abstract

In discourse analysis, the notion of topic has proved to be an extremely useful tool as a central organising principle for discourse. The aim of this paper is to investigate structural markers used by English speakers in effecting a change of topic, and more specifically, an opening or closing of a macro topic. In our taxonomy of discourse topic organisation applying to English conversation, Markers are signals used to mark a boundary in the discourse topic, without an explicit reference to or inclusion of the topic. They include words and phrases largely devoid of referential content like well, now, I see, yes, etc. which may occur in differente combinations or clusterings or with other segmentation devices such as pauses, endorsements and repetitions.


Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Humanities > Philology > Linguistics
Humanities > Philology > English philology
ID Code:58082
Deposited On:16 Jan 2020 09:01
Last Modified:16 Jan 2020 09:23

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