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Ortíz Pérez, María José
- Capítulo 5. Discussion
and Conclusio-
A corpus based study of the evolution of be like as a
quotative to report either direct speech or internal
thought in American English
-- Licenciatura en Idiomas. - Departamento de
Lenguas. - Escuela de Artes y
Humanidades, - Universidad de las Américas


Introducción



A corpus based study of be like to report direct speech or internal thought 62 5.
Discussion & Conclusion In this chapter, we will take the information obtained and presented in the chapter Results and interpret it in light of a theoretical framework which may be used to explain the most notable characteri0stics of the results found.
Additionally, the results of the chi square significance test will be mentioned to confirm their importance to this study. 5.1 Predominance of quotatives in like The most significant figures in this entire study came from the analysis of the actual proportion of the quotative function when compared to the other functions of like.
This directly addresses one of the study’s primary research questions: “How has quotative like evolved compared to the other functions of like? Has its use increased or decreased?” The results show that the quotative function’s use has increased to higher numbers than the other functions of like presented.
As seen in the pie chart for be like (Figure 3 in section 4.2 Be like as a quotative) most functions of be like seem to share an equal place in it, except for the quotative function, which has been distinctly above them since 2003 and possibly earlier.
As time passes, its great and rapid increase (in 12 years it was 5 times the raw frequency compared to the beginning) goes farther and farther away from the other functions, until it completely dominates the chart.
It’s clear that not only its “chances of survival in the lexicon” have improved, as Blyth, Recktenwald, & Wang pondered back in 1990 (p.
215), but it has actually been helping it endure against time and even potentially outlive its fellow quotatives, such as go, whose earliest proper reports were in the early 80’s (Butters, 1980; 1982; as mentioned in Macaulay, 2001, p.
5), and which seems to be A corpus based study of be like to report direct speech or internal thought 63 already dying out in certain places (Tagliamonte & D’Arcy...






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