English Discourse Markers of Reformulation

A classification and description

by Maria Milagros Del Saz Rubio (Author)
©2007 Thesis 246 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 60


This book deals with the notion of reformulation and more specifically with a group of lexico-grammatical units which help codify and signal the activity of reformulation in English. While discourse markers in English have been described in detail, the area of reformulation is a relatively unexplored area in comparison with languages such as French or Spanish. In this respect, this book has been conceived as a contribution to the field of Discourse Markers and in particular to the markers that help display the function of reformulation in English. First of all, a definition of the notion of reformulation is provided as a necessary precondition for the elaboration of a taxonomy of English reformulators. These are grouped into different classes and sub-classes on the basis of the type of reformulation effected. Thus, four main types are identified: Expansion, Modification, Reassessment and Compression. After an inductive and interpretive analysis of examples taken from the British National Corpus (BNC), the syntactic and distributional properties of these units, as well as their environments of use are described and discussed.


ISBN (Softcover)
Pragmatism Englisch Diskursmarker Formulierung Korrektur Linguistics Discourse Analysis Foreign Language Teaching
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 246 pp.

Biographical notes

Maria Milagros Del Saz Rubio (Author)

The Author: Maria Milagros Del Saz Rubio is a lecturer in English at the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain). She received her Ph.D. in 2003 in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Valencia (Spain). Her main areas of specialization are in the field of Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis, especially in the area of reformulation, both in English and Spanish. She is an active member of the Spanish research project «Diccionario de Partículas Discursivas del Español», and is currently working on the translation of several of the Spanish reformulators.


Title: English Discourse Markers of Reformulation