UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 8 (1996)

Discourse connectives: what do they link?



Discourse connectives (e.g. but, moreover, therefore, so, etc.) have been analysed within the coherence theory framework as linking units of discourse; within the relevance-theoretic framework they are seen as linking a unit of discourse and a context, which may be consisting of prior discourse but often is not. These two approaches are discussed and evidence, drawing on the syntactic and semantic properties of connectives as well as tests on conditions of usage, is provided in support of the relevance-theoretic analysis.

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