Publication details [#61836]

Vine, Bernadette and Sharon Marsden. 2016. Eh at work: The indexicality of a New Zealand English pragmatic marker. Intercultural Pragmatics 13 (3) : 383–406.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This sociolinguistic inquiry shows that the New Zealand (NZ) English pragmatic marker eh is used by six mid-aged Maori, Cook Islands Maori and Pakeha male managers in NZ workplaces (wp) in slightly distinct ways for strategic interactional aims, and by two Maori men to build their leadership identities. Using Eckert’s notion of indexical fields, it is argued a helpful linguistic wp-tool, given its links with informality, rapport and harmony principles.