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It's like mmm: Enactments with it's like

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posted on 10.03.2016 by Barbara A. Fox, Jessica Robles
This article explores the distribution and use of a relatively new grammatical format in English, it’s like + enactment. We propose that it’s like utterances are used to enact thoughts, feelings and attitudes which are internal and affect-laden assessments of a prior utterance or event, produced as assessments that anyone in the same situation might have had. As such they tend to occur within stories, typically during the closing of a story. The enactments are often ‘response cries’ (Goffman, 1978) such as oh, mm, wow, and man. Because of the highly indexical nature of this grammatical format, it represents a fascinating site for participants to work out a ‘world known in common’ (Goodwin, personal communication).

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Discourse Studies

Volume

12

Issue

6

Pages

715 - 738

Citation

FOX, B.A. and ROBLES, J., 2010. It's like mmm: Enactments with it's like. Discourse Studies, 12(6), pp. 715-738.

Publisher

© The Authors. Published by SAGE Publications

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2010

Notes

This paper is in closed access.

ISSN

1461-4456

eISSN

1461-7080

Language

en

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