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Are discourse markers related to age and educational background? A comparative account between two sign languages
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2918-108X
(English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387Article in journal (Refereed) In press
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This paper presents a pilot investigation of two discourse markers, namely PALM-UP and SAME, in French Belgian Sign Language and Catalan Sign Language. The two discourse markers are studied from a cross-linguistic and a cross-generational perspective using two comparable samples of argumentative productions. The analysis shows that the two discourse markers are highly polyfunctional. Although they have language-specific functions, most of these functions are shared between the two languages. Furthermore, the use of the two discourse markers is idiosyncratic in both sign language datasets. In the small-scale pilot study described in this article, factors such as age or level of education do not seem to influence the usage of the two discourse markers in question.

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Discourse markers, French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB), Catalan Sign Language (LSC), level of education, age
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164268DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2018.12.019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164268DiVA, id: diva2:1278726
Available from: 2019-01-15 Created: 2019-01-15 Last updated: 2019-01-18

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