chapter  Chapter 27
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Formulaic phrases and discourse markers

ByNancy Stenson

Language use includes not only full sentences, but often a variety of extra-sentential words and phrases that don’t form part of the ordinary syntactic structure of sentences such as was covered in the preceding grammar sections, but which help to advance a discourse through social niceties, markers of turn-taking and other indicators of the speaker’s view of a conversation and the participants’ roles. This chapter describes a few of the Irish conventions for such language.