discourse marker

n. word or expression that functions as a structuring unit of spoken language (e.g.: "well", "oh",etc.)

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • discourse marker — noun Grammar a word or phrase whose function is to organize discourse into segments, for example I mean …   English new terms dictionary

  • discourse marker — …   Useful english dictionary

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