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Friday 19 September, 2014 Poster
The use of discourse makers (connectors) in narrative and argumentative oral discourses produced by scholars in intermediate education.
Authors: Karina Paola García Mejía and Luisa Josefina Alarcón Neve


It is well known that in the late stage of acquisition you reach a level of discourse and pragmatic sophistication needed to produce coherent and cohesive texts, especially with use and knowledge of the connectors. This can best be used to relate discourse elements when telling a story or when trying to convince someone to adopt a certain point of view or of doing something. (Akiguet y Piolat, 1996; Brassart, 1990, 1996; Coirier y Marchand, 1994; Golder, 1996; Gutiérrez-Clellen & Iglesias, 1992). This study pretends to show the quantitative and qualitative differences in the use of some connectors in narrative and argumentative oral discourses, in the late stage of acquisition. Our main question was: Is there a relationship that can be established between the use of some discourse connectors and grade level? We expected to find significant qualitative differences in the use of some connectors related to the late development of language. We thought we would also find an increasing augmentation in the diversity of connectors and the establishment of their accurate use related to age. Therefore, in this research we compared two groups of adolescents from different educational backgrounds and age ranges (20 participants from 8th grade junior high, aged fifteen; and 20 high school seniors, aged eighteen), in each participant we analyzed the use of the discourse connectors in the two different types of speeches. Our aim was to identify, classify, and compare the evidence of discourse development shown in these areas.
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