Reimagining discourse-pragmatic features of Australian English

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the latest research on discourse-pragmatics in the Englishes spoken in Australia, focusing on discourse markers/particles (yeah/no, sort of, cos, discourse like), general extenders (and stuff like that), final but, epistemic/evidential parentheticals (I think), and quotative verbs (say, think, be like). Based on a heterogeneous cohort of linguistic items, the field has grown exponentially in the last decade beginning with studies focusing on individual discourse-pragmatic items and their usage frequencies across social categories and time while subsequently paving the way for accountable, systematic variationist analysis of language in use based on replicable methods, rich linguistic data and comparable analytical tools. The chapter reviews Australian discourse-pragmatic research in both camps and addresses three areas that need close attention as the field continues to expand. It concludes with a swift call to action to include minority English varieties in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian English Reimagined
Subtitle of host publicationStructure, features and developments
EditorsLouisa Willoughby, Howard Manns
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter5
Pages66-83
Number of pages260
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780429672606
ISBN (Print)9780367029395
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in World Englishes

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