discourse marker - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] linguistics 

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singulardiscourse marker
pluraldiscourse markers
  1. 1
    a word or phrase that is used to indicate that one stage or topic in a conversation has finished and a new one is beginning. For example, ‘OK’ , ‘so’, ‘right’, and ‘anyway’ are often used as discourse markers. In the sentence ‘Anyway, let’s think about the cost of all this’, ‘anyway’ signals that one stage of the conversation is over. Discourse markers often indicate a change of speaker.