A corpus-based study of pragmatic markers in London English

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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-118
Number of pages26
JournalCorpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • sociolinguistics
  • pragmatic markers
  • language and ethnicity
  • linguistic innovation
  • spoken language
  • Multicultural London English
  • LANGUAGE CHANGE
  • DIFFUSION
  • SYSTEM

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