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A corpus-based study of pragmatic markers in London English

Torgersen, Eivind Nessa and Gabrielatos, Costas and Hoffmann, Sebastian and Fox, Susan (2011) A corpus-based study of pragmatic markers in London English. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 7 (1). pp. 93-118. ISSN 1613-7027

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This article analyses the use of particular pragmatic markers in two corpora of spoken London English: the Linguistic Innovators Corpus (LIC) and the Corpus of London Teenage Language (COLT). We found variation according to sex, ethnicity and geographical location, with a different distribution for each pragmatic marker. The innovative pragmatic marker you get me was most frequent among male non-Anglo Hackney residents, indicating innovation in inner London. We argue that a number of pragmatic markers, most notably you get me, should be regarded as elements of Multicultural London English, along with other features that have already been documented.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
Uncontrolled Keywords: sociolinguistics ; pragmatic markers ; language and ethnicity ; linguistic innovation ; spoken language ; Multicultural London English ; LANGUAGE CHANGE ; DIFFUSION ; SYSTEM
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 49495
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 23 Aug 2011 16:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 05:35
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