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The utterance tags all indicate some particular aspect of the utterance unit itself, summarizing the intentions of the speaker (i.e., why the utterance was spoken) and the content of the utterance. These tags can be classified into four main categories:

Note that utterances do not need to always have a component at each level. For instance, some utterances may have no Forward Looking Function, while others might have no Backward Looking Function.

Mark Core
Mon Sep 22 20:05:25 EDT 1997