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A Discourse Analysis of Say versus Tell in Spoken American English

  title={A Discourse Analysis of Say versus Tell in Spoken American English},
  author={Yong-Yae Park},
  journal={Second Language Research},
  • Yong-Yae Park
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Linguistics
  • Second Language Research
This study explores semantic and functional differences between say and tell in authentic spoken discourse using contextual analysis (Celce-Murcia, 1980). Through frequency distribution and qualitative analysis, the paper demonstrates that the difference between the two is not only in the syntactic constraint as most reference grammars emphasize, but also in their semantic and distributional distinctions, which is closely related to the interactive functions of each verb and the speaker's… 
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