Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-2166(01)00057-1
Title: Lor in colloquial Singapore English
Authors: Wee, L. 
Keywords: Conversational implicative
Grammaticalization
Particles
Resignative
Semantic/pragmatic change
Singapore English
Issue Date: 2002
Source: Wee, L. (2002). Lor in colloquial Singapore English. Journal of Pragmatics 34 (6) : 711-725. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-2166(01)00057-1
Abstract: Colloquial Singapore English contains a number of pragmatic particles. This paper focuses on the particle lor. Previous analyses have suggested either that it marks a piece of information as being obvious, or that it indicates that an utterance has the pragmatic force of a 'weak' suggestion. In this paper, I show that examples of the latter are better analysed with lor as expressing a sense of resignation. I then show how, by adopting a grammaticalization-based approach, the resignation sense of lor can be related to its use as a marker of 'obviousness' © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Pragmatics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/21937
ISSN: 03782166
DOI: 10.1016/S0378-2166(01)00057-1
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