Pragmatic marker "you know" : a quantitative survey on its functions and role in spoken discourse

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Pragmatic marker "you know" : a quantitative survey on its functions and role in spoken discourse

 

Author: Yung, Hing Wah Amos
Title: Pragmatic marker "you know" : a quantitative survey on its functions and role in spoken discourse
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2014
Subject: Pragmatics.
Discourse markers.
English language -- Spoken English.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: 66 pages : illustrations
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2775903
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/7688
Abstract: The pragmatic marker "you know" is labeled as a particle in spoken English. Even though it is widely used in English spoken discourse, formal language training excludes it from formal language classes. Unlike native English speakers who can learn the usage of "you know" from social interaction, non-native English speakers have limited opportunities to learn the usage of the pragmatic marker "you know". Researchers have classified various type of information which co-occurs with "you know". While most of the literature analyzes and compares "you know" with many pragmatic markers, this paper examines "you know" independently by surveying the Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English. This study compiles the functions identified by previous researchers and examines the vagueness of information which co-occurs with "you know" in spoken discourse. The vagueness of the information indicates that the pragmatic marker "you know" is mostly used as a signal to Request the hearer to interpret the intended meanings embedded with the information given by the speaker. The pragmatic marker "you know" is not needed when the information itself does not need interpretation by the hearer. Also the usage of the pragmatic marker "you know" was found to be independent of whether the speaker is native English speaker or not, but its use does depend on the local context in the spoken discourse.

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