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'Yeah-no He's a Good Kid': A Discourse Analysis of Yeah-no in Australian English

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Abstract:

Yeah-no in Australian English is a relatively new marker which serves a number of functions, including discourse cohesion, the pragmatic functions of hedging and face-saving, and assent and dissent. Drawing on a corpus of approximately 30 hours of both informal conversation and interviews, we analyse the interaction between intonation and turntaking, and the use of yeah-no by topic, conversational genre, and age and gender of speaker. The results indicate that the peak of yeah-no production occurs among speakers aged 35-49 years, and gender differences are not apparent in this preliminary analysis.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0726860022000013166

Publication date: October 1, 2002

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