Whales, Candlelight, and Stuff Like That

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 13.7mm | 444.53g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 2 halftones, 14 line illustrations
  • 0195125746
  • 9780195125740

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What is appealing about this analysis is that it appears to finesse an issue that has perplexed other analysts: What exactly is meant by "X or something", and what (semantic and pragmatic) principles govern the understanding and use of such expressions? * Language in Society * 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 *show more