Article published in:Youngspeak in a Multilingual Perspective
Edited by Anna-Brita Stenström and Annette Myre Jørgensen
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 184] 2009
► pp. 137–159
Pragmatic markers in contrast: Spanish pues nada and English anyway
The use of Spanish pues nada as a pragmatic marker, which has so far been overlooked in the linguistic literature, has aroused an interest among the general public, as reflected in an interesting correspondence on the Internet. This discussion has been used as a starting-point for the present article, which compares the various pragmatic functions of pues nada in teenage conversation with the functions of anyway, which seems to be its nearest correspondence in English. The study shows that both items, besides creating and maintaining coherence, serve as organizers and monitors on the discourse level as well as indicators of speaker attitudes and intentions on the interactional/interpersonal level. Sometimes they are just uttered to show that there is nothing more to say. Other markers with similar functions, notably Spanish bueno and English OK and well, will also be considered.
Keywords: comparison, pragmatics, spoken interaction, teenagers
Published online: 05 May 2009
Cited by 1 other publications
Palacios Martínez, Ignacio M
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