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ERIC Number: EJ1176966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1936-7384
Turn-Initial "Yeah" in Nonnative Speakers' Speech: A Routine Token for Not-So-Routine Interactional Projects
Lo, Carol Hoi Yee
Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, v13 n2 p21-35 2013
This paper examines the use of turn-initial "yeah" in learner English, focusing on non-canonical uses of "yeah." By showing how NSSs use "yeah" in ways different from that of native speakers (NSs), this paper aims to provide a nuanced view of the function it serves in NSSs' speech. It demonstrates that "yeah" carries particular interactional import for NSSs, in that it is adopted by NSSs to accomplish unconventional interactional projects. It considers turn-initial "yeah" in two sequential environments: (1) second position turn-initial "yeah" in responses to questions and (2) "yeah" in extended turns-at-talk.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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