&#8220;Where&#8217;s the party <i>yaar</i>!&#8221;

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For some reason, Indian English (IndE) discourse particles have not been as popular with the World Englishes scientific community as their counterparts in Singapore English. Whereas the whole range of discourse particles in colloquial Singapore English has already been treated quite exhaustively, the available literature only offers some scanty remarks on individual IndE discourse particles. This paper will attempt a systematic treatment of the meaning and use of the IndE discourse particle <i>yaar</i> on the basis of data from the spoken part of The International Corpus of English, Indian component (ICE-IND). Since ICE-IND also includes information about speakers&#8217; sociolinguistic profiles, the descriptive account of the meaning of <i>yaar</i> will be augmented by an analysis of the distribution throughout the IndE speech community.


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