Procedural meanings of "well" in a corpus of Xhosa English

De Klerk, V.A. (2005) Procedural meanings of "well" in a corpus of Xhosa English. Journal of Pragmatics, 37 (8). pp. 1183-1205. ISSN 0378-2166




This article explores the use of the pragmatic marker well in a large corpus of the discourse of non-mother tongue speakers of Xhosa English, which is a sub-variety of Black South African English. A brief overview of discourse markers in general and of well in particular is provided, and the problems they pose to linguists in terms of difficulties in defining their syntactic, semantic and pragmatic properties are examined. After a brief description of the nature of the corpus of Xhosa English on which the study is based, and of the methodological approach which was followed, the rest of the article focuses on a fairly detailed exposition of the overall trends in contextualised uses and procedural meanings of well in the corpus, along with examples. Some (limited) parallels are drawn between the use of well in XE and other English corpora, in order to highlight the problems experienced by L2 learners in acquiring discourse markers.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:pragmatic marker, well, discourse marker, non-native speakers, Black South African English, Xhosa English, corpora
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English Language and Linguistics
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Deposited On:29 May 2006
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