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La reformulación discursiva en el español de Granada: el caso de o sea
Discourse Reformulation of Spanish of Granada. The Case of “o sea”

Author(s): Natalia Ruiz-González
Subject(s): Sociolinguistics
Published by: Instytut Studiów Iberyjskich i Iberoamerykańskich, Wydział Neofilologii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Keywords: discourse markers; reformulation; “o sea”; sociolinguistics; Spanish of Granada

Summary/Abstract: The reformulation is a discursive phenomenon that consists of returning to a part of the speech to qualify it, explain it, correct it or summarize it because the speaker has interpreted that it had not been clear enough. The most common procedure is to manifest it through the use of discourse markers, being “o sea” the prototypical reformulator in the oral speech. Its analysis in the Spanish of Granada has shown the relationship of its use with social factors such as age and educational level, as well as the connection between sex and age of speakers. As a result, we have discovered that low-level education speakers are the people who use this particle the least (18.77 %). However, contrary to the works by San Martín (2014) and Hernández (2016), we found that the younger generation uses less “o sea” than other speakers. In addition, we demonstrated the existence of other four functions of “o sea,” different from the explicative value, and among them we highlight the expletive function, which appeared at levels much lower than we initially expected (6.16 %).

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 28
  • Page Range: 177-199
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Spanish