Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change in English: New by Heike Pichler

By Heike Pichler

This quantity brings jointly key gamers in discourse edition learn to provide unique analyses of a variety of discourse-pragmatic variables, resembling 'like', 'innit', 'you get me', and 'at the tip of the day'. The authors introduce a variety of new tools in particular adapted to the research of discourse-pragmatic version and alter in synchronic and longitudinal dialect facts, and supply new empirical and theoretical insights into discourse-pragmatic edition and alter in modern different types of English. the quantity hence complements our realizing of the complexities of discourse-pragmatic version and alter, and encourages new methods of pondering variability in discourse-pragmatics. With its twin concentrate on providing cutting edge tools in addition to new effects, the quantity will offer a tremendous source for either novices and veterans alike within the box of discourse edition research, and spark discussions that may set new instructions for destiny paintings within the box.

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Synchronic corpora of child and adult speech as well as comparable real-time data, to probe the existence and directionality of ongoing changes in the quotative system as well as the acquisition of these changes by children. His analysis of multiple datasets overcomes the limitations of studies that infer evidence of change from synchronic data without verifying this scenario with reference or access to a diachronic benchmark. With the increasing availability of real-time vernacular datasets, Levey’s approach can be replicated in future studies of discourse-pragmatic change.

The crucial difference between the corpora is the date of data collection (1993 vs. 2005–2008), making them ideal test-sites for an analysis of rapid discourse-pragmatic innovations. This analysis is made possible by the fact that both corpora include speech data from working-class teenagers of different ethnic backgrounds in inner and outer London. 1. ) However, COLT and LIC/MLE differ in terms of data collection method used (self-recordings vs. sociolinguistic interviews) and speaker roles/relationships.

Non-adversarial stance towards the person whose reported speech is introduced by be like). By correlating speakers’ shifting stances with their variable frequency of particle like and their variable phonetic realisations of quotative like, Drager demonstrates how the use of discourse like is subtly affected by factors that would go undetected in more abstract analyses. Drager’s contribution is an exemplary demonstration of how a more nuanced understanding of discourse-pragmatic variation can be gained by studying variables in their interactional contexts of use.

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