Chapter published in:OKAY across Languages: Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction
Edited by Emma Betz, Arnulf Deppermann, Lorenza Mondada and Marja-Leena Sorjonen
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction 34] 2021
► pp. 132–173
The prosody and phonetics of OKAY in American English
This chapter is devoted to a study of the prosodic and phonetic realization of the particle OKAY as deployed in American English mundane conversation. Its primary aim is to explore the question of whether there are recurrent prosodic-phonetic formats associated with positionally distinct uses of OKAY. The data come from telephone and face-to-face interactions between family and friends spanning a period from the 1960s to the present. Currently there are approximately 200 tokens in the collection. The older and more recent data sets are considered separately in order to capture changes that have ensued over the last fifty to sixty years.
Keywords: American English, tag, responsive particle, sequence-closing third, transitional position, continuer, pre-closing, prosodic stylization, deontic sequence, epistemic sequence
Published online: 17 March 2021
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