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14 Discourse Connectives

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Discourse connectives are words that indicate the semantic relationship between stretches of text or utterances. Discourse connectives come either at the beginning of an utterance or stretch of text or at the end of one. This means that a discourse connective can be prosodically attached to either the preceding clause or the following depending on whether there is a pause before or after the discourse connective. There are two types of discourse connectives, in Atong, depending on their morphological make up. Both types are treated separately in this chapter. Discourse connectives of Type 1 are the result of grammaticalisations of various forms of the verb 'to do like this/that'. Type 2 discourse connectives are all forms of the distal demonstrative (DST), which is discussed in the chapter. Type 2 discourse connectives can be used to indicate temporally precise relationships between events.

Keywords: Atong; discourse connectives; distal demonstrative(DST); semantic relationship



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