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Direct speech, subjectivity and speaker positioning in London English and Paris French

Secova, Maria (2018). Direct speech, subjectivity and speaker positioning in London English and Paris French. In: Beeching, Kate; Ghezzi, Chiara and Molinelli, Piera eds. Positioning the Self and Others: Linguistic perspectives. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series (292). John Benjamins, pp. 155–175.

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Abstract

This paper examines functional similarities and differences in the use of pragmatic features – in particular quotatives and general extenders – on the right and left periphery of direct quotations. This comparative study, based on the analysis of a contemporary corpus of London English and Paris French (MLE – MPF) , finds that the form and frequency of these particles tend to vary not only with respect to social factors such as speakers’ age and gender, but also with respect to the different pragmatic functions they come to perform in different interactional settings. The contemporary data is analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively to show how different variants position the speaker in relation to: i) the content of the quote, ii) the interlocutors, iii) the presumed author of the quote. The paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of pragmatic universals and variability in the use of direct speech.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 John Benjamins
Keywords: quotatives; general extenders; direct speech; language variation and change
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Language & Literacies
Item ID: 56596
Depositing User: Maria Secova
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 15:20
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 20:32
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56596
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