Non-Lexical Conversational Sounds in American English

  title={Non-Lexical Conversational Sounds in American English},
  author={Nigel Ward nigelward},
  • Nigel Ward nigelward
  • Published 2003
Sounds like h-nmm, hh-aaaah, hn-hn, unkay, nyeah, ummum, uuh, um-hm-uhhm, um and uh-huh occur frequently in American English conversation but have thus far escaped systematic study. This article reports a study of both the forms and functions of such tokens in a corpus of American English conversations. These sounds appear not to be lexical, in that they are productively generated rather than finite in number, and in that the sound-meaning mapping is compositional rather than arbitrary. This… CONTINUE READING
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