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A corpus-based study of pragmatic markers in London English

Eivind Nessa Torgersen, Costas Gabrielatos, Sebastian Hoffmann and Susan Fox
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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.

Published Online: 2011-04-12
Published in Print: 2011-May

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