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This front matter section of the book Discourse Functions at the Left and Right Periphery contains the Table of Contents and a list of contributors. The book tests the hypothesis that elements at the left periphery of discourse units have mainly subjective and discourse-structuring functions, whereas at the right periphery, such elements play an intersubjective or modalising role. A basic property of human language is that discourse unfolds in time- an insight whose significance we owe to Ferdinand de Saussure. This is represented in Western linguistics as progression from "left" to "right". A logical implication of this is that the left and right margin of units of language has different functions.

Keywords: human language; left periphery; modalising role; right periphery; western linguistics

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