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Discourse-pragmatic variation in context : eight hundred years of like

Author: Alexandra D'Arcy
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2017]
Series: Studies in language companion series, v. 187.
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Like' is a ubiquitous feature of English with a deep history in the language, exhibiting regular and constrained variable grammars over time. This volume explores the various contexts of 'like', each of which contributes to the reality of contemporary vernaculars: its historical context, its developmental context, its social context, and its ideological context. The final chapter examines the ways in which these  Read more...
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D'Arcy, Alexandra, 1972-
Discourse-pragmatic variation in context.
Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2017]
(DLC) 2017018299
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexandra D'Arcy
ISBN: 9789027265319 9027265313
OCLC Number: 1002924729
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro --
Discourse-Pragmatic Variation in Context --
Editorial page --
Title page --
LCC data --
Dedication page --
Table of contents --
Foreword --
Acknowledgements --
List of figures --
List of tables --
Abbreviations --
Chapter 1. Introduction --
A myriad of like --
The unremarkable like, like, like, like, like, like and -like --
Approximative adverb like: Remarked upon yet unremarkable --
Sentence adverb like: Remarked upon but restricted --
Discourse marker like: Remarked upon but not new --
Discourse particle like: Remarked upon and innovating --
Quotative be like: Remarked upon, but remarkable for unsuspected reasons --
English is not alone in like --
The analysis of like --
(Mis)perceptions of like --
The contexts of like --
Chapter 2. Empirical context --
Diachronic corpora --
The Penn Parsed Corpora of Historical English --
A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560-1760 --
Old Bailey Proceedings --
Corpus of Irish English Correspondence --
Corpus of Historical American English --
Origins of New Zealand English --
Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English --
State Library of Western Australia Oral History Corpus --
Victoria English Archive: Diachronic Component --
Corpus of Earlier Ontario English --
Synchronic corpora --
Corpus of Contemporary American English --
International Corpus of English --
Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Language --
York English Corpus --
St. John's Youth Corpus --
Roots Archive --
Corpus of Southwest Tyrone English --
Canterbury Regional Survey --
Toronto English Archive --
Victoria English Archive: Synchronic Components --
Chapter 3. Historical context --
The historical and archival records --
The (apparent) missing link --
Pathways of development --
Chapter 4. Developmental context --
Setting the scene: Context, data, method --
But like cannot go anywhere --
The development of like --
The clausal domain. The nominal domain --
The adjectival domain --
The verbal domain --
Putting the pieces together: like syntax --
Chapter 5. Social context --
It's not just the kids --
So who uses like? --
Women, men and the marker --
Men, women and the particle --
Gender, function and linguistic change --
Chapter 6. Ideological context --
like facts versus like fictions --
like is just like, and it is meaningless --
like is inarticulate and stuff --
Women say like all the time --
Blame like on the Valley Girls and adolescents --
Anything goes --
The real like story --
Chapter 7. Contextual interfaces --
Acquisition of like and ongoing development --
Linguistic theory, sociolinguistic theory and language change --
Counting matters, and matters of counting --
Contextual effects and the community grammar --
Frequent collocations and formulae --
Lexical versus functional material and lessons from syntax --
Summary: Convergence and elaboration --
Concluding remarks --
Appendix. Anthology of like --
Sentence adverb --
Discourse marker --
Discourse particle.
Series Title: Studies in language companion series, v. 187.
Responsibility: by Alexandra D'Arcy, University of Victoria.

Abstract:

Like' is a ubiquitous feature of English with a deep history in the language, exhibiting regular and constrained variable grammars over time. This volume explores the various contexts of 'like', each of which contributes to the reality of contemporary vernaculars: its historical context, its developmental context, its social context, and its ideological context. The final chapter examines the ways in which these contexts overlap and inform current understanding of acquisition, structure, change, and embedding. The volume also features an extensive appendix, containing numerous examples of 'like' in its pragmatic functions from a range of English corpora, both diachronic and synchronic. The volume will be of interest to students and scholars of English historical linguistics, grammaticalization, language variation and change, discourse-pragmatics and the interface of these fields with formal linguistic theory.

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