Edited by Pam Peters, Peter Collins and Adam Smith
[Varieties of English Around the World G39] 2009
► pp. 315–336
This analysis of like as a discourse marker looks at its meaning relative to its position in the clause, and the discoursal context including the type of interaction. The data come from the Australian and New Zealand ICE corpora, and additional transcripts of Australian radio talkback programs. Like is the sixth most frequent discourse marker in the data, found in speech, both scripted and unscripted, but absent from writing. Clause-initial like can be glossed as “for example”; clause-medial like is a highlighter; clause-final like has to do with explanations and preventing hearers making incorrect inferences. Clause-final like is attested in novels by Scott and Hogg, and much older than generally thought. In the antipodean corpus data, like is used by speakers ranging from teenagers to 50-year-olds, including manual workers, skilled tradesmen, and various types of professionals.
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 30 may 2023. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.