My doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Dieter Wolff of Wuppertal University, grew out of my interest in composition teaching. During my student days I had started to draw up lists of words and phrases signalling relations between two stretches of text. These lists formed the basis of the thesis, which offered a functional taxonomy of English, French and German multi-word discourse markers (e.g. it should be noted that; force est de constater que; kritisch anzumerken ist, dass) and a contrastive analysis of their use in continuous text.


For an executive summary of my thesis, click here.  A shortened version of the thesis was published with Routledge (London/New York) in 2005.


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