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Whales, Candlelight, and Stuff Like That : General Extenders in English Discourse - Maryann Overstreet

Whales, Candlelight, and Stuff Like That

General Extenders in English Discourse

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780195125740
Number Of Pages: 184

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This innovative work provides the first comprehensive account of general extenders ("or something," "and stuff," "or whatever"). Combining insights from linguistics, cognitive psychology, and interactional sociolinguistics, the author demonstrates that these small phrases are not simply vague expressions, but have a powerful role in making interpersonal communication work. The audience for this book includes linguists, scholars of English, teachers of English as a first and a second language, sociolinguists, psycholinguists, and communications researchers.

"It is clear that O (Overstreet) has made a large contribution to our understanding of the uses of general extenders and has demonstrated the importance of investigating the interpersonal function of language, especially in areas where ideational analysis is only partially successful. It is well worth reading."--Notes on Linguistics "This is a readable and engaging work that makes a contribution to our understanding of general extenders and opens up new territory for further analysis."--Language in Society "It is clear that O (Overstreet)has made a large contribution to our understanding of the uses of general extenders and has demonstrated the importance of investigating the interpersonal function of language, especially in areas where ideational analysis is only partially successful. It is well worth reading."--Notes on Linguistics

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Transcription Conventionsp. xi
Preliminariesp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Ideational Functionp. 19
Vague Language and List Constructionp. 21
Category Implicationp. 31
Category Inferencep. 47
Interpersonal Functionp. 63
Intersubjectivityp. 65
Expectations, Evaluations, and Emphasisp. 79
Politenessp. 97
The Maxim of Quality and Disjunctive General Extendersp. 111
The Maxim of Quantity and Adjunctive General Extendersp. 125
Conclusionp. 141
Summaryp. 143
Notesp. 153
Referencesp. 157
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780195125740
ISBN-10: 0195125746
Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.39