Pragmaticalised determiners in American Norwegian


  • Kari Kinn University of Bergen



pragmaticalised determiners, American Norwegian, variation


This paper discusses the determiners slik and sånn ‘such (a), like this/that’ in American Norwegian (AmNo), and the extent to which pragmaticalised uses of these determiners, carrying information about the speaker’s attitudes and speaker-hearer relations, can be found. It is shown that pragmaticalised determiners are used, but that their distribution differs in some respects from that in the homeland variety; notably, in AmNo, the lexical variant slik is more common than sånn. It is also shown that although pragmaticalised determiners are robustly attested (at least one subtype, described as a hedging marker), they are overall less frequent than in the homeland. However, the conditions on use of these markers are generally similar in both varieties.




How to Cite

Kinn, Kari. 2022. “Pragmaticalised Determiners in American Norwegian”. Bergen Language and Linguistics Studies 12 (2):91-103.