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Full Title: Revisiting Discourse Markers and Discourse Relations

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Start Date: 10-Sep-2017 - 13-Sep-2017
Contact: Cristina Lastres López
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Meeting Description: Revisiting discourse markers and discourse relations in functional-cognitive space: Models and applications across languages, registers and genres


María de los Ángeles Gómez González & Cristina Lastres López
University of Santiago de Compostela

Discourse relations, also known as 'coherence relations' or 'rhetorical relations' (Mann & Thompson, 1988; Taboada, 2006; Taboada & Mann, 2006), comprise many different relations between clauses or larger units that are essential for maintaining the cohesion and coherence of discourse (Halliday & Hassan, 1976; Shriffrin, 1988). Among others, relations such as cause, result, purpose, concession, or condition, to name but a few, have been studied from many different perspectives (Van der Auwera, 1998; Couper-Kuhlen & Kortmann, 2000; Dancygier & Sweetser, 2000, 2005; Gómez González & Taboada, 2005; Sanders & Sweetser, 2009; Taboada & Gómez González, 2012; Ruiz de Mendoza & Gómez González, 2014; Lastres López, 2015, 2016; Gómez González, in press; among others). Previous studies have shown that the markers of discourse relations are generally 'multifunctional' in the sense that they may not only express different rhetorical relations in different contexts but can also be interpreted differently in one and the same context, and consequently they are difficult to assign to one particular semantic category (Couper-Kuhlen & Kortmann, 2000; Andersen, 2001; Aijmer, 2002; Asher & Lascarides, 2003; González, 2005; Siegel, 2006; Izutsu, 2008; Romero-Trillo, 2012; Cuenca, 2013; Lastres López, 2015, 2016; Gómez González, in press). Likewise, the expression of discourse relations does not necessarily involve the obligatory presence of a discourse marker, and thus the relation may either be expressed differently (lexically, for example) or it may not have an explicit linguistic signal in discourse at all (Taboada, 2006; Taboada & Mann, 2006; Prasard et al., 2008; Levy & Jaeger, 2010).
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 27.4599

This is a session of the following meeting:
50th Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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