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Discourse Markers

  1. Kerstin Fischer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0330

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Fischer, K. 2012. Discourse Markers. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Discourse markers, comprising items like yes, well, but, uh, oh, and uh-huh, are notoriously difficult to define, and the functional spectrum suggested for these items is huge, including functions as diverse as marking discourse boundaries, managing the turn-taking system, signaling speaker attitude, connecting text segments, and managing repair.


  • discourse analysis;
  • language and social interaction;
  • pragmatics