Tag-Markers in Evaluative Segments

González, Montserrat
Tag-Markers in Evaluative Segments

01 (2006)
Pragmatic markers (PMs) set up pragmatic coherence relations which are text genre and context specific. In this paper I particularly concentrate on the role of two tag-markers that mostly appear in internal evaluation segments: Catalan no and eh. I will discuss their role in coherence relations terms (in the Ideational, Rhetorical, Sequential and Inferential components). The text within which these elements are framed - Labov’s (1972) narrative - is a genre that shows structural regularities at both discourse and clause levels (abstract, orientation, developing of action, evaluation -internal and external- result and coda). This study follows the line of research on discourse structure developed mainly by Redeker (1990, 1991), Grosz and Sidner (1986, 1989), and Polanyi (1985). Sander’s (1997) notion of source of coherence - semantic vs pragmatic- provides the ground for the description of the pragmatic functions attached to the markers. My main hypothesis is that PMs help in the organization of textual segments and that certain markers are bound to occur at particular segments. Similarly, because of their structural function, some markers will be systematically found at particular segment boundaries.