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1. Introduction

Connectives can be defined as utterance-initial words, phrases, and clauses that share the primary function of linking utterances in discourse. Typical English connectives are: the conjunction and, the adverbs then and nevertheless, the prepositional expression on the other hand, and the clause as I mentioned earlier. Thus, what matters is function rather than form, in combination with the position in the utterance.

Connective as a linguistic term was…

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Heléne Kammensjö, “Connectives”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0066>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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