IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(2): 81-88 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.2.208

Discourse Markers in Impromptu Speeches of Chinese EFL Learners of the Advanced Level

Fan Liuyi
Abstract—Following a function-based model proposed by Fung and Carter in 2007, this research examined the pattern and functions of discourse markers in 21 impromptu speeches delivered by Chinese EFL learners of the advanced level in the 2017 “FLTRP Cup” English Public Speaking Contest. Quantitative methods were used to generate the patterns of discourse markers. Interviews were conducted with three speakers to help explain the patterns. Excerpts from the transcription of the impromptu speeches were used to analyze the functions of the most used discourse markers. The finding shows that discourse markers were used frequently in the context of impromptu speeches but still not as frequent when compared with the use in native settings. The most used discourse markers, and, but, so, um/uh, and actually, performed interpersonal, referential, structural, and cognitive functions. These functions together contributed to the communication between the speaker and the audience.

Index Terms—Chinese EFL learners, discourse markers, impromptu speech.

Fan Liuyi is with the Beijing Foreign Studies University, China (e-mail: flj961@163.com).

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Cite:Fan Liuyi, "Discourse Markers in Impromptu Speeches of Chinese EFL Learners of the Advanced Level," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 81-88, 2019.

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