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Master of Arts in English Composition
This thesis examines real language in use to observe the different intonation contours associated with the discourse marker "whatever" to see if or how these contours contribute to the pragmatic meaning associated with the different functions. Interactional sociolinguistic and conversational analysis approach to investigate the different pragmatic meaning associated with the discourse marker "whatever" were employed to carry out the analysis. In addition, corpus linguistic methodology was used to gather data to investigate the different pragmatic meanings of the word "whatever."
Wahler, Pamela Kathleen, "Whatever: Prosodic context cues and their influence on pragmatic meaning" (2012). Theses Digitization Project. 4194.