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By Jan-Ola Östman

The fundamental functionality the expression you know serves in conversational discourse is related to be that of a realistic particle used whilst the speaker desires the addressee to just accept as mutual wisdom (or no less than be cooperative with recognize to) the propositional content material of his utterance. the truth that you know is even used whilst the addressee is thought to not understand what the speaker is speaking approximately, means that it capabilities on the deference point of politeness, as a striving in the direction of achieving a camaraderie courting among speaker and hearer. You know is located to be extra frequently utilized by ladies than via males in spontaneous dialog, and the style during which it truly is used is considerably various from male utilization. Ontogenetically, the age of 4 appears to be like an important for preliminary steps to take advantage of and grasp pragmatic debris together with you know. info for the learn have been derived from tape-recorded conversations and interviews.

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Her characterization of the function of pragmatic particles has also been in terms of how they violate the Gricean conversational implicatures. It is clear that many insights into questions concerning pragmatic particles can be answered with this approach. What I do not, however, find so attractive in the ap­ proach is that functions are defined with respect to VIOLATIONS. This would not be a problem if only we had a fair idea about what these violations are violations of. As we all know, no ordinary conversation will turn out to be cooperative if the speakers follow the Conversa­ tional Maxims.

6. to 5. , and even more so at the age of 6. The present study confirms these findings with respect to you know. In the interviews with children age 4. - 7. (cf. 3), children used you know in a very adult-like manner. 2. Egocentricity vs. Sociocentricity. The traditional Piagetian view of child language, and child be­ haviour in general, has it that in the early years the child is typic­ ally very egocentric, and that social interaction (and thus its re­ flection in the child's language) is a secondary, and later phenome­ non.

Little pig. ] I don't know. From my Daddy. ) These utterances seem, to varying degrees, to indicate uncertainty on the part of the speaker, rather than a complete I+DON'T+KNOW lack of 49 ACQUISITION knowledge. ". And in (56) the expres­ sion might be taken as something of a hesitation marker. In general, then, I don't know seems to acquire its pragmatic use very early on in the language acquisition process. 5. Listener-Oriented Know. The main focus of this chapter will, however, be the listeneroriented use of expressions with know.

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