Title
The discourse use of French donc in imperative sentences The discourse use of French donc in imperative sentences
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Journal of pragmatics: an interdisciplinary quarterly of language studies. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
35(2003) :7 , p. 1095-1112
ISSN
0378-2166
ISI
000183215900006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
It seems that the French particle done is not always used as a conjunction of argumentation, linking the antecedent to the consequent and presenting the consequent as a kind of logical result of the antecedent, as is the case in its inferential use: 'Il pleut, done Paul reste A la maison' (It is raining, DM Paul stays in). When this kind of inferential analysis is applied to utterances like 'Tais-toi donc' (Be quiet DM), it becomes obvious that donc is used as a discourse marker without a clear link to any antecedent whatsoever. In this paper I will investigate. from a pragmatic point of view, if it can be maintained that French done, used in imperative sentences, is indeed a discourse marker and whether this use is to be analyzed along the same lines as inferential donc is. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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