Studies in English Language History in Honour of Leiv Egil Breivik
Edited By Kari Haugland, Kevin McCafferty and Kristian A. Rusten
The essays are all empirical studies, based on a wide range of corpora (both historical and contemporary) and applying theoretical approaches informed by Systemic-Functional Grammar, grammaticalization theory, dependency grammar, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and corpus linguistic methods. Issues of methodology, statistics and corpus construction and annotation are also addressed in several contributions.
Anna-Brita Stenström: The pragmatic marker come on in teenage talk
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The pragmatic marker come on in teenage talk
Come on! […] Don’t be shy, it’s just a microphone […]. Come on then. Hit me with some conversation.
Come on is a frequently used pragmatic marker in spoken interaction, which seems to have been overlooked in the linguistic literature, however, and is not yet defined as a pragmatic marker in current dictionaries. Searches on the internet for references to articles where come on is dealt with from a linguistic point of view gave no result whatsoever. What emerges to date is a couple of song titles: ‘Come on’ (a seven-track EP by indie rock band Elf Power), Come on over (an album by Olivia Newton-John) and ‘Come on in my kitchen’ (a blues song by Robert Johnson) and a quotation from Mail online running ‘Come on, Nick, you KNOW we’ve got to back an EU vote: Lib Dem rebel uses his own leader’s words to prove why we need a referendum’ (
In this paper, I will discuss the use of come on as a pragmatic marker in The Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Language (COLT), which was initiated by Leiv Egil Breivik and Anna-Brita Stenström in 1991 and made accessible for general...
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