Dissertation > Language, writing > Linguistics > Writing and Rhetoric

Analysis of Functions of Discourse Markers in Obama’s Political Speeches

Author DongQing
Tutor YuMingYao
School Sichuan Normal University
Course English Language and Literature
Keywords Discourse markers Versatility Discourse Discourse Local coherence Overall coherence Political speech
Type Master's thesis
Year 2010
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Deborah Schiffrin departure from the discourse , first provide an operational definition of discourse markers , discourse marker is dependent on the preface after language , divide the coordinates of the speaker units . Since 1987 a book of her discourse marker language academic discourse marker research into \However, do not form a unified approach in terms of discourse marker , its main differences are mainly reflected in the name , features and functions . Discourse marker research process , research scholars from the discourse coherence level syntactic function and semantic meaning of the language from the mark syntax angle discourse ; discourse coherence framework to study the conceptual meaning and coherence aspects of strengthening discourse role. From this point of discourse markers scholars have reached a certain consensus build Discourse local coherence and global coherence function . Therefore, Schiffrin discourse coherent framework for to explore discourse markers Discourse local coherence relations and overall coherence relations . In this paper, the three major functions of the discourse marker as the theoretical framework , analyzed from all aspects of the definitions, characteristics , and research methods . Corpus selected from the political speech of U.S. President Barack Obama 's speech discourse marker analysis , from research in speech discourse the discourse coherence function and the Obama discourse marker characteristics .

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