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Revista signos

versión On-line ISSN 0718-0934


DOMINGUEZ GARCIA, Noemí. Bueno, pues, es que… en fin: What discourse markers should we teach?. Rev. signos [online]. 2016, vol.49, n.90, pp.03-24. ISSN 0718-0934.

This paper focuses on the identification of the usual discourse markers that organise both formal and informal interactions, either in oral or written speech. Drawing on two corpora for oral conversations and one corpus for written speech, the material is only based on the geographical variation of the Spanish language as produced in Spain. Therefore, the conclusions to be reached would be only the beginning of a wider research project to be developed further in the near future. After a data-frequency analysis, findings were compared with the ways in which markers are most commonly listed and classified in reference dictionaries and grammar books to confirm the little or no use of many of those markers, such as the digressive or the ‘here-and-now’ markers. In addition, crossing the data-frequency collected with the variables type of speech -oral or written- and register -formal or colloquial- some predictable conclusions could be drawn, i.e., the preference of written speech for discourse organisers or the conversation markers tendency to oral interactions. The analysis also allowed for new conclusions, such as the use of closing markers in colloquial speech or the conversation-evidential markers in written discourses. Finally, we would like to apply analyses like the one collected in this study to obtain a new list of markers to support and extend those already taught for the acquisition of discourse competence in Spanish as a Foreign Language.

Palabras clave : Discourse markers; Spanish as a Foreign Language; textual tipologies; discourse register.

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