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#80948 - 09/17/02 03:46 PM "Like" earns linguistic validation  
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A Temple University linguistics professor has just issued a treatise on the floating "like" so familiar to us all, like. And her study, like, grants "like" linguistic validity, like, as a discourse particle (the evolution of language marches on...):

http://www.jsonline.com/enter/gen/sep02/71334.asp


#80949 - 09/17/02 04:23 PM Re: "Like" earns linguistic validation  
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Interesting link. It's a must-read for all those people who are, like, "Language rules are prescriptive and not descriptive."


#80950 - 09/17/02 09:33 PM Re: "Like" earns linguistic validation  
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I dunno. "Um" seems, somehow, more evocative ...



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#80951 - 09/17/02 10:16 PM Re: "Like" earns linguistic validation  
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"Um" seems, somehow, more evocative ...

Yes. And rounded and, ummm, expressive.

Ah, and it pairs up very nicely with, um, well, "ah" actually.



#80952 - 09/18/02 12:36 AM Re: "Like" earns linguistic validation  
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What's wrong with like, um both of them?
jj


#80953 - 09/18/02 02:06 AM Re: "Like" earns linguistic validation  
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Ugh, no like-um!


#80954 - 09/18/02 02:40 AM Re: "Like" earns linguistic validation  
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Y'know, um, all you guys, like, I put this in Q&A because, um, I really wanted some, like, serious discourse on this subject. Like, sheesh! [rolleyes-e]


#80955 - 09/18/02 07:05 AM Re: "Like" earns linguistic validation  
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Re: Serious discussion

Is there a difference between Liverpudlian "like" as demonstrated by the Beatles in their day, like, and heard by me, at least, with a distinctly Liverpudlian accent and today's (more American influenced?) "like", like?


#80956 - 09/18/02 07:38 AM Re: like wait, there's more  
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well, like while we're on the subject of, like new linguistic things. . .I am SO not happy with some of them. They like SO worth using - not!


#80957 - 09/18/02 09:17 AM Re: "Like" earns linguistic validation  
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Is there a difference between Liverpudlian "like"..... and today's more (American influenced?) "like", like?

Scousers I've known have always put the "like" at the end of the sentence, Jo, and I reckon its linguistic value would be even less than the (um) Californian version.

But what do I know? We really need dody's opinion on this one, like.




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