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Ethnic and gender variation in the use of Colloquial Singapore English discourse particles

Leimgruber, Jakob R. E. and Lim, Jun Jie and Gonzales, Wilkinson Daniel Wong and Hiramoto, Mie. (2020) Ethnic and gender variation in the use of Colloquial Singapore English discourse particles. English language and linguistics. pp. 1-20.

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Abstract

Discourse particles are among the most commented-upon features of Colloquial Singapore English (CSE). Their use has been shown to vary depending on formality, context, gender and ethnicity, although results differ from one study to another. This study uses the Corpus of Singapore English Messages (CoSEM), a large-scale corpus of texts composed by Singaporeans and sent using electronic messaging services, to investigate gender and ethnic factors as predictors of particle use. The results suggest a strong gender effect as well as several particle-specific ethnic effects. More generally, our study underlines the special nature of the grammatical class of discourse particles in CSE, which is open to new additions as the sociolinguistic and pragmatic need for them develops.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > English Linguistics (Locher)
UniBasel Contributors:Leimgruber, Jakob R. E.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:1360-6743
e-ISSN:1469-4379
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:14 Mar 2021 14:59
Deposited On:14 Mar 2021 14:59

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