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Patricia Parker
Professor Kelly E. Bender
EN101 Composition 1 October 4, 2013
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People especially teenagers create new words everyday and use existing words in different context. The latter can be attributed to teenagers who also use existing words such as “like” in different context. Patricia T O’Conner former editor of The New York Times, author of five books about the English language and writer of the article on language “Like”, states that the word like is the “New Say” and that “I’ve always believed that young people are capable of knowing when to use formal versus informal, written versus spoken English’’ (para.19). This essay will be supporting O’Conner’s Statement using evidence and examples from her article.
Throughout O’Connor article “Like” she shows how teenagers now use the word in different contexts, such as quoting, paraphrasing, emphasis, summarizing the inner thoughts of the quoter or quotee, introducing an actual quote as well as attitudes gestures, sarcasm and irony. This is accredited to only teenagers, this is not so as, O’Connor further states that “parent might be using like this way without even realizing it”, she confesses that her husband caught her in the act only the other day he was “like, did you hear what you just said?” (para.20). Linguists call it the”quotative like” (para. 2).
Temple University Linguistics professor also known as “Ms. Adjective Muffy E.A Siegel researched the mysteries of like in her article, published in the Journal of Semantics “Like: The Discourse Particle and Semantics”, where she:
Lends support to Schourup’s (1985) claim that like is a discourse particle” and Larsersohn’s (1999) pragmatic haloes. She express that the results supports the idea that whether like is weak or strong is not a unitary distinction and also suggests that the various components of grammar must be organized to allow...

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