Whales, Candlelight, and Stuff Like That: General Extenders in English Discourse

Hardcover | February 16, 2000

byMaryann Overstreet

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This innovative work provides the first comprehensive account of general extenders ("or something," "and stuff," "or whatever"). Combining insights from linguistics, cognitive psychology, and interactional sociolinguistics, the author demonstrates that these small phrases are not simply vagueexpressions, but have a powerful role in making interpersonal communication work. The audience for this book includes linguists, scholars of English, teachers of English as a first and a second language, sociolinguists, psycholinguists, and communications researchers.

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This innovative work provides the first comprehensive account of general extenders ("or something," "and stuff," "or whatever"). Combining insights from linguistics, cognitive psychology, and interactional sociolinguistics, the author demonstrates that these small phrases are not simply vagueexpressions, but have a powerful role in mak...

Maryann Overstreet is at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:February 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195125746

ISBN - 13:9780195125740

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"It is clear that O (Overstreet)has made a large contribution to our understanding of the uses of general extenders and has demonstrated the importance of investigating the interpersonal function of language, especially in areas where ideational analysis is only partially successful. It iswell worth reading."--Notes on Linguistics