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January 15, 2017

Previously, we examined textual functions and their uses in spoken discourse. By separating the “social” functions of words from the linguistic functions of words, we were able to see that even the most seemingly minute “filler words,” or pragmatic markers, serve vital...

January 14, 2017

We often find ourselves using “filler words” in every day conversation. “Um,” “uh,” “like,” “well,” and “so” are just some examples of what pragmalinguists call “pragmatic markers.” At work, college, or any other professional or academic environment, these markers are...

October 12, 2016

Every town has unique problems. Some are serious such, as high crime or murder rate. Maybe there is even a large influx of drugs from local gangs in the area. In our quiet, little (not so much anymore) mountain town of Flagstaff, however, our problems are usually far l...

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