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A corpus-based study of pragmatic markers in London English

Eivind Nessa Torgersen / Costas Gabrielatos / Sebastian Hoffmann / Susan Fox
Published Online: 2011-04-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt.2011.005


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.

Keywords.: sociolinguistics; pragmatic markers; language and ethnicity; linguistic innovation; spoken language; Multicultural London English

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Published Online: 2011-04-12

Published in Print: 2011-05-01

Citation Information: Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 93–118, ISSN (Online) 1613-7035, ISSN (Print) 1613-7027, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt.2011.005.

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