Alors and donc in spoken French: A reanalysis

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a new analysis of the common French discourse markers alors and done. After a methodological/theoretical introduction, in which I propose, among other things, a definition of the class of discourse markers, I go on to consider the distribution and semantics of the two particles, mainly in contemporary spoken French, but with some consideration of their diachronic origins and evolution. While a unified semantic account is given for donc, I suggest that alors, which is clearly multifunctional, may usefully be seen as a radial category.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)153-187
    Number of pages34
    JournalJournal of Pragmatics
    Volume28
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1997

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