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Discourse markers as indicators of connectedness between expositive illocutionary acts

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Abstract

There has been consistent interest in discourse makers over the past couple of decades, and various proposals have been put forth regarding their functions. The present paper analyzes discourse markers in general as indicators of types of connectedness between expositive illocutionary acts (Austin [1962]1975), which bring about illocutionary effects in discourse. The discourse marker well in particular indicates a gap between the preceding expositive illocutionary act and the present one, signaling the present expositive illocutionary act is of a non-committal type. This gap is analyzed, depending on the types of the preceding and present expositive illocutionary acts, as divergence, hesitancy, a transition from one expositive illocutionary act to another, or a boundary between them.

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Keywords: J.L. Austin; discourse markers; discursive illocutionary acts; expositives; speech act theory; well

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 30, 2020

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