Acknowledgements; Intonation and transcription conventions; 1. Background: what is discourse?; 2. Prelude to analysis: definitions and data; 3. Questions: why analyze discourse markers?; 4. Oh: marker of information management; 5. Well: marker of response; 6. Discourse connectives: and, but, or; 7. So and because: markers of cause and result; 8. Temporal adverbs: now and then; 9. Information and participation: y'know and I mean; 10. Discourse markers: contextual coordinates of talk; Notes; References; Author index; Subject index.