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|Title:||“And I was like ‘ah yeah, what are they talking about?’” – The use of quotatives in New Zealand English|
New Zealand English
|Publisher:||Australian Linguistic Society|
|Citation:||de Beuzeville, L. and P. Peters (eds), Proceedings of the 2008 Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society.|
|Abstract:||Research in recent years has shown that the use of quotatives such as say, think and be like is an important narrative tool in English interactions. These devices can be used to make a story more immediate and entertaining and to make the tone of a conversation more personal. The form be like in particular, being a relatively new quotative that is often associated with the speech of young women, has been found to work as a marker of informality. The interpersonal functions of quotatives as well as recent changes observed within quotative systems make them an interesting device to investigate, both in terms of gender differences as well as differences between varieties of English. This paper focuses on the uses of quotatives in New Zealand English, based on a corpus of roughly 5 hours of dyadic interactions between native New Zealand university students (same sex and mixed sex pairs). The study seeks to establish the quotative inventory of New Zealand English for this speaker group. The data is analysed in terms of the forms and frequencies of quotatives and gender differences, and the results are discussed in the context of similar studies conducted for other varieties of English.|
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|Type of Work:||Conference paper|
|Appears in Collections:||ALS 2008|
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