This investigation studies the usage of the Castilian discourse marker bueno in three hours of monolingual Galician speech based on the recordings A nosa fala (Fernández Rei and Hermida Gulías 1996). Twenty-seven of the thirty-nine speakers produce eighty-six tokens. S.P.S.S. cross tabulations of the frequency of bueno and sociolinguistic variables show that bueno is used by both sexes, by all ages, and by persons from all locations represented in the sample. The tokens are then categorized into their pragmatic functions. The difficulty of determining the loanword status is discussed, but the case is presented that in Galician, bueno is not only an established borrowing, but also a 'pragmatic loan'.
Selected Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Maurice Westmoreland and Juan Antonio Thomas
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