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Title: Discourse Functions of Rightdislocated Repetition and other Repetition Structures in Khmu Oral Narratives
Authors: Steeb, Markus
Keywords: Austro-Asiatic Languages
Mon-Khmer Languages
Khmu - Grammar
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Payap University
Abstract: This thesis aims to broaden the horizon for various discourse functions of different repetition structures in Khmu oral narratives, as it describes the various grammatical structures and assigns respective discourse functions. The discourse functions of these repetition structures are treated in the framework of cohesion. There are three different levels of cohesion, namely lexical cohesion (which refers to word-level repetition structures), pragmatic cohesion, and section-forming cohesion (both referring to sentence-level repetition structures). Word-level repetition structures are matched with discourse functions like emphasis, iconicity, style elaboration (via elaborate expressions), and concept specification (within a reiteration structure). Sentence-level repetition structures are assigned to discourse functions like floor-holding, thematic updating, and continuous summary, or discontinuous summary. Sentence-level repetition structures can be grammatically realized by right-dislocated repetition structures (RDR), which represent the major contribution of this thesis. In particular, the section-forming cohesive device of discontinuous summary, which is also referred to as final-focus repetition (FFR), is under special consideration in this research, as it is proposed to be maintained also in written discourse. The other occurrences of RDR however are supposed to be merely features of Khmu oral narratives.
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