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ERIC Number: EJ789462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
The Rise of "Like" in Spontaneous Quotations
Tree, Jean E. Fox; Tomlinson, John M., Jr.
Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v45 n1 p85-102 Jan 2008
A comparison across spontaneous speech collected in the 1980s and the 2000s reveals a dramatic flip between the use of "said" versus "like" as enquoting devices. The greater use of "like" is reflected in a wide variety of quotation types including reported speech, thoughts, exclamations, and sounds. There is no evidence that "like's" increase in use corresponds to an increasing desire to explicitly indicate slippage between the words used in a report and those of the original source. Instead, "like" can substitute for "said" and be used in more environments, selectively depicting aspects of the original quote (Clark & Gerrig, 1990; Wade & Clark, 1993). (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California