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The Metapragmatics of Saying in Sierra Leone Krio Theatre
Dee A. Worman
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In this paper several patterned features of saying are examined not only for syntactic effect, but also as choices of styles or codes (code switches), which are seen as strategies on the part of characters (and speakers) to reflexively represent attitudes, impressions, and moods that emerge between audience/actor and author as well as between participants in everyday social interactions. While not ignoring, for example, the linguistic compatibility of the say lexeme in both its verbal and COMP-like categories, this paper applies a theory of metasemiosis to the relationship between linguistic regularity and sociocultural praxis using a corpus of Krio theatre scripts.

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Selected Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages and Linguistics in Broad Perspectives
edited by John Mugane, John P. Hutchison, and Dee A. Worman
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