AffiliationUniversity of Arizona, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
CitationThe language functions of tipo in Argentine vernacular 2017, 114:87 Journal of Pragmatics
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
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AbstractThis article provides a case study account of the language functions of tipo, which is a pragmatic feature of Argentine Spanish vernacular, as used by 10 young adult native speakers of the language (ages 18-25), in the context of oral face-to-face and synchronous technology-mediated written interactions with young adult Spanish L2 learners. An examination of naturally occurring and self-reported language awareness data suggests that tipo has acquired a wide array of pragmatic functions it is a marker of hesitation, exemplification, reformulation, vagueness, and quoted speech. In its non-pragmatic marking uses, it can refer to an unspecified man, preface a hyponym, and be used to make a comparison. Participants' usage patterns, in conjunction with their understanding of sociopragmatic variability in the use of tipo, are discussed as a direction for research in colloquial features of youth vernacular.
Note24 month embargo; Available online 26 April 2017.
VersionFinal accepted manuscript