The Welsh Answering System

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Adult learners of Welsh are usually dismayed to discover that the language has no simple equivalent of English yes or no, that answering a question in the affirmative or negative takes a wide range of forms depending on a number of contextual factors. In Welsh, there are many parts of No to misunderstand. Jones investigates the phenomenon from two main standpoints. First he describes and explains the answering system in a linguistic analysis, then he uses that analysis as a basis for a sociolinguistic analysis of the use of the system by Welsh- speaking children between the ages of three and seven. His special concern is with the existence of the different formal types of yes-no answers and with the grammatical, semantic, and discourse influences that determine the selection of one of the types rather than another. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

List of figures
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1 Answering systems 1
2 Welsh echo responsives 53
3 Welsh echo and nonecho responsives 93
4 Discourse functions of Welsh responsives 129
5 A formal analysis of Welsh responsives 147
6 Children's use of Welsh responsives 199
7 Language contact: the influence of English 239
8 Internal causes of variation 277
App. I Conventions in the corpus examples 303
App. II Conventions in the interlinear glosses 305
App. III Additional examples of responsives 307
App. IV Examples of formal answering systems 315
Notes 317
References 337
Index 351
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