Contrastive markers and dialogicality

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Typically, contrastive relations occurring at various levels of the text are explicitly marked by discourse markers. The specific type of contrast these markers signal, however, is to be negotiated by the context. The contrast may involve ‘the (propositional) content domain’, ‘the epistemic domain (the speaker’s beliefs)’, or ‘the speech act domain’. In academic discourse contrastive markers serve as text-organizing devices, and they may extend their scope to function as markers of intertextuality and dialogicality introducing other ‘voices’ in the written as well as spoken monologue.


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