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Subjectivity of English connectives: A corpus and experimental investigation of forwaard causality signals in written language
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2019 (English)In: Empirical Studies of the Construction of Discourse / [ed] Óscar Loureda, Inés Recio Fernández, Laura Nadal, Adriana Cruz, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2019, p. 299-317Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The current study sets out to investigate naturally produced English causal relations from the point of view of conceptual and linguistic features that contribute to their intended interpretations as Volitional or Non-volitional result. These features include two discourse connectives: 'as a result' and 'for this reason', and the extent of the overlap between the semantic information they encode and the relation type they mark.The paper reports on a mixed-method approach combining a corpus investigation of result relations in the British National Corpus (BNC) and two opinion-asking experiments conducted via the crowdsourcing marketplace – AmazonMechanical Turk (AMT). The findings demonstrate that despite their functional flexibility across different causal categories, English resultative connectives showsignificant tendencies to mark specific coherence relations. The converging methodology proves that expert linguistic intuitions are shared by ordinary language users and their notion of differences between causal event types.

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John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2019. p. 299-317
Series
Pragmatics & beyond, ISSN 0922-842X ; 305
Keywords [en]
subjectivity, discourse connectives, causal coherence relations
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176380ISBN: 9789027203472 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176380DiVA, id: diva2:1375049
Available from: 2019-12-03 Created: 2019-12-03 Last updated: 2019-12-11Bibliographically approved

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