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Language in society
AbstractDiscourse markers (like, I don't know, etc.) are known to vary in frequency across English dialects and speech settings. It is difficult to make meaningful generalizations over these differences, since quantitative discourse-pragmatic variation studies 'lack [a] coherent set of methodological principles' (Pichler 2010:582). This has often constrained quantitative studies to focus on the form, rather than the function of discourse-pragmatic features. The current article employs a noveldoi:10.1017/s0047404515000603 fatcat:ilo3dwa6wrf3pl2a2sqf2x2t5y