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This index presents a list concepts discussed in the book Discourse Functions at the Left and Right Periphery. 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; right periphery; Western linguistics

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