A Review of Discourse Markers from the Functional Perspective
Keywords:Discourse markers, functional perspective, research focus.
AbstractThe study of discourse markers has been a hot spot, which led to an increase in articles and monogrphs on discourse markers in recent decades. The present article examines what discourse markers, their characteristics, properties and functions are in English from the Functional Perspective. It describes the uses of English discourse markers in conversations by reriewing a few typical representative works. By summarizing the research foci and approaches about the discourse study in the past decades, the study proves that flexibility and multifunctionality are two important properties of discourse markers.
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