“Yeah well, probably, you know I wasn’t that big into school, you know”

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Research has asserted that communication is a dynamic process in which linguisticchoices are continuously being made in relation to a variety of linguisticfeatures including pragmatic markers (Vershueren 2000). Pragmatic markershave been found to be frequently used in conversation serving a variety offunctions (Schiffrin 1987; Fraser 1996; Fischer 2000; Aijmer 2002). This studyfocuses on the use of well and you know as pragmatic markers in a corpus offictionalised dialogue from the Irish soap opera, Fair City, which comprises24,000 words. The study aims to determine the manner in which these pragmaticmarkers are strategically exploited in Irish fiction to create an authenticrepresentation of Irish English.


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