"Como" in Commute: The Travels of a Discourse Marker Across Languages

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/265378
Title:
"Como" in Commute: The Travels of a Discourse Marker Across Languages
Author:
Kern, Joseph
Issue Date:
2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The present investigation is a mixed method study combining quantitative and qualitative analyses to explore the use of "como" as a discourse marker in the Spanish spoken in Southern Arizona, based on a corpus of twenty-four sociolinguistic interviews of young male and female Spanish-English bilinguals. In a data set of 1148 occurrences of "como," 21.3% fulfill a focus discourse function, 2.2% fulfill a quotative discourse function, and 76.5% fulfill a lexical function. The analysis of young Spanish-English bilinguals using "como" in Spanish to fulfill discourse functions of "like" in English sheds light on how bilinguals structure discourse by drawing from both languages. The results of this study on the diffusion of the focus and quotative "como" to another Spanish-English bilingual community add to our knowledge of how discourse markers can travel both within and between communities and across languages.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Spanish; bilingual discourse markers; discourse analysis
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Spanish
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Carvalho, Ana M.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.title"Como" in Commute: The Travels of a Discourse Marker Across Languagesen_US
dc.creatorKern, Josephen_US
dc.contributor.authorKern, Josephen_US
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe present investigation is a mixed method study combining quantitative and qualitative analyses to explore the use of "como" as a discourse marker in the Spanish spoken in Southern Arizona, based on a corpus of twenty-four sociolinguistic interviews of young male and female Spanish-English bilinguals. In a data set of 1148 occurrences of "como," 21.3% fulfill a focus discourse function, 2.2% fulfill a quotative discourse function, and 76.5% fulfill a lexical function. The analysis of young Spanish-English bilinguals using "como" in Spanish to fulfill discourse functions of "like" in English sheds light on how bilinguals structure discourse by drawing from both languages. The results of this study on the diffusion of the focus and quotative "como" to another Spanish-English bilingual community add to our knowledge of how discourse markers can travel both within and between communities and across languages.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectSpanishen_US
dc.subjectbilingual discourse markersen_US
dc.subjectdiscourse analysisen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSpanishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorCarvalho, Ana M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBeaudrie, Saraen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGilmore, Perryen_US
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