Discourse Particles and Discourse Functions

  title={Discourse Particles and Discourse Functions},
  author={Manfred Stede and Birte Schmitz},
  journal={Machine Translation},
Spoken language, especially spoken German, is rich in particles thatdo not contribute to the propositional content of utterances, but playimportant roles in steering the flow of the dialogue and inconveying various attitudes and expectations of the speaker. Languagesdiffer widely in their conventions on particle usage, and thereforethese words pose significant problems for translation. As a solution,we propose an inventory of “discourse functions” that characterizethe pragmatic impact of… CONTINUE READING

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