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It's kinda different, y'know - grammar of spoken English
Transcript of It's kinda different, y'know - grammar of spoken English
omission of one or more words in a clause
e.g. “Any luck?” instead of “Did you have any luck?”
Went to Eilat last week.
Really? Have a nice time?
Not bad. Saw the dolphins.
Did you go to Dolphin Reef?
You said "did you"!
Spent the whole weekend cleaning the house.
Took the kids to the Cinema City last night.
Very hot these days.
Ready to go?
Why focus in class
Natural sounding language
Highlight difference between registers
That t-shirt there, how much is it?
It's a funny place, this town
- So what are you up to tonight?
- Not much, really. What about you?
- Fancy going to the cinema?
- Why not? What's on?
- Stallone's new one.
- What time?
"Vague language is more likely to be the sign of a skilled and sensitive speaker than a lazy one"
Carter & McCarthy (2006, p. 202)
[tails] "widespread and are neither regionally nor socially restricted'
'examples of standard spoken English'
Carter (1999, p 154)
"stored and retrieved whole from memory at the time of use, rather than being subject to generation or analysis by the language grammar"
Wray (2005, p. 9)
Spoken English has no grammar at all
Spoken English = written English
Spoken English has its own grammar
Davis & Kryszewska (2003)
See you later.
Just a minute, please.
Chunks in conversation
...and things like that.
I don't know.
Can I help you?
What are you up to these days?