Discourse-Pragmatic Variation in Context

Eight hundred years of LIKE

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Like is a ubiquitous feature of English with a deep history in the language, exhibiting regular and constrained variable grammars over time. This volume explores the various contexts of like, each of which contributes to the reality of contemporary vernaculars: its historical context, its developmental context, its social context, and its ideological context. The final chapter examines the ways in which these contexts overlap and inform current understanding of acquisition, structure, change, and embedding. The volume also features an extensive appendix, containing numerous examples of like in its pragmatic functions from a range of English corpora, both diachronic and synchronic. The volume will be of interest to students and scholars of English historical linguistics, grammaticalization, language variation and change, discourse-pragmatics and the interface of these fields with formal linguistic theory.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 187]  2017.  xx, 235 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword
xi
Acknowledgements
xiii–xiv
List of figures
xv
List of tables
xvii
Abbreviations
xix–xx
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–33
Chapter 2. Empirical context
35–45
Chapter 3. Historical context
47–66
Chapter 4. Developmental context
67–116
Chapter 5. Social context
117–123
Chapter 6. Ideological context
125–147
Chapter 7. Contextual interfaces
150–175
References
177–200
Appendix. Anthology of like
201–232
Index
233
“With this book, Alexandra D’Arcy has produced the definitive reference work on like. Pulling together decades of research, she teases apart like’s many functions and weaves together their histories to draw a rich, multi-layered picture of how the word has systematically expanded its functional scope over centuries. Along the way, the book usefully tackles myth after myth about the newness, ‘wrongness,’ femaleness, and randomness of like, a word that has so captured the popular imagination.”
“A treasure trove of illustrative examples and insightful analyses of that ubiquitous, pesky, little element like in all its different guises and a must-read for all researchers interested in discourse-pragmatic variation.”
“Alexandra D’Arcy has written an impressive and highly readable account of like based on an exceptionally rich set of historical and contemporary vernacular spoken data. With anexemplary clarity of prose and a conscientious approach to empirical data, the author sheds fresh light on diachrony and patterns of synchronic variation, convincingly detailing the developmental cline of the discourse marker and discourse particle and providing accurate timing of the emergence of new functions and contexts of use. This is certainly among the most enlightening work on like that I have read. Truly fascinating and a joy to read.”
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017018299
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