Forms and functions of English discourse markers among Kenyan high school students’ debating discourse in Makueni County
Discourse is the study of language in use. A study on discourse markers(DMs) falls under discourse analysis which is committed to the investigation of what language is used for, and therefore it cannot be restricted to the description of linguistic forms independently of the purposes that these forms are designed to serve. DMs are frequent in spontaneous communication and play a significant role in any spoken interaction. The proposed study seeks to investigate the forms and functions of English DMs occurring in debating discourse of Kenyan High School students in Makueni County, their functional categories and how the level of the students determines the choice of these markers. The data will be collected by audio recording five (one during club time and four, that is, one per level during lesson time) live debate sessions of high school students from a school which will be purposively selected. Using content analysis, the data will be qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed. The five sessions will be then analyzed using Schiffrin’s (1987) model of English discourse markers.
- OGR-School of Education