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Huang, Yan. 2015. Lexical cloning in English: A neo-Gricean lexical pragmatic analysis. Journal of Pragmatics 86 : 80–85.
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The recent phenomenon of lexical cloning, discovered in a variety of Englishes like British, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and South African English, is most broadly employed in American English. Its usage is mainly confined to a specific, informal spoken English conversational register. Tokens of it in written English are mostly representations of unprompted spoken language. This short article describes lexical cloning in English, debates its context-dependency and sketches a neo-Gricean lexical pragmatic inquiry of it.