Sandra A. Thompson

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As part of an ongoing study of discourse structure of natural texts, we have identified a particular class of propositions that affect the bearer's perception of the coherence and communicated content of texts. As an example, if the text (spoken in a suitable situation) is: "I'm hungry. Let's go to the Fuji Gardens." then the most natural interpretation is(More)
highlighted the formulaic nature of actual language use. The present paper is part of our larger project which examines the mechanism of formulaicity observed in Japanese conversation and seeks implication as to the nature of human language in general. Japanese is known for its extensive " backchanneling " behavior (e. Ohama 2006) and presents a case of(More)
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