Term: Discourse Marker


A discourse marker is a word or phrase used in a conversation to signal the speaker's intention to mark a boundary:

"Anyway, I'll have to be going now."


The function of anyway is to signal a change in the direction of the conversation, in this case to finish it, so anyway is a discourse marker here. They can be used to focus, clarify, contrast, change the subject, show agreement or disagreement, etc.


See Also: Discourse Analysis

Category: Discourse