Connectives in contrast: A discourse semantic study of Elaboration based on corpus research

in Information Structure in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective
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The present paper reports on part of a research project financed by the Research Council of Norway, in which we are concerned with contrastive linguistic issues that are central to theoretical as well as practical translation studies. Grounding our reflections on a corpus-based, contrastive study of English, German and Norwegian, we hope to shed new light on the relation between structural differences and language use in the three languages. Our study explores the use of connectives and their translational counterparts. Our goal is to come closer to an understanding of how propositional meanings are linked in text across languages, and what type of constraints regulate the use of connectives with similar meanings.

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