Sunday, February 03, 2008
OMG! Like, IMers totally use 'like'!
I'll see if I can find the actual research this story's about, but for the time being, it looks pretty basic (and more or less unsurprising.)
So, who wants their corpus? I know I do!
This is the ref on her website. No mention of a volume number--not sure if it's out yet?
"In 2003, speakers used it 75 percent of the time while communicating face-to-face but only 6 percent of the time in IM's. By 2006, usage in IM's had jumped to 50 percent, and is believed to still be increasing."
If it increased porportionally in face-to-face speech, then it seems that the use quotative like is simply increasing as a linguistic resource across the board. In other words, when people adopt a modern storytelling narrative style (a la the tagliamonte paper) they increasingly prefer quotative like to the other options (say, think, etc.). So it might not be the case that the cmc context has anything to do with the increase, but rather there might be a more global trend towards a prefernce for quotative like in this particular narrative style.
It will be interesting to see if the authors coded for narrative style. I'm looking forward to reading the paper.
And the tagliamonte paper is a nice read:
Talgliamonte, S. and Hudson, R. (1999). Be like et al. beyond America: The quotative system in British and Canadian youth. Journal of Sociolinguistics,3(2): 147-172.
There are also a number of articles in American Speech going back to about 1990 that discuss the stylistic and narrative functions of quotative like as well as the syntactic distributions.
Hmm, that's pretty long to type. I wish there was, like, some sort of acronym or something I could use. Then I could be all like 'LA' or whatever when I wanted to make it clear to others that I was laughing?