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Not sure what this type of word is?

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:38 pm UTC
by Angua
So, I was wondering about what you call words that come at the end of statements to kind of add emphasis, but are not really emphatic, such as 'man' in this example - "I can't believe that he just did that, man"

My main reason for asking is that we have a word down here that gets used for that a lot which I'm now seeing transcribed as 'dread' (I always thought of it as jahyed in my head, and wondering if the dread is more right for Kittitians than Nevisians, hard to tell).

Anyway, hard to try and find the etymology when you don't even know the type of word that you're trying to look up!

Re: Not sure what this type of word is?

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:47 pm UTC
by poxic
'Man' in your example is ... an interjection? No wait, discourse marker. No, even better: Sentence-final particle.

TIL: when grammarians make up words to describe illogical bits of language, the made-up words won't necessarily make any more sense than the illogical bits themselves.

Re: Not sure what this type of word is?

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:07 am UTC
by eSOANEM
I was going to say particle but poxic got there first. Generally most weird words which don't fit into the noun/adjective/verb/adverb model you were taught in school fall under the umbrella of particles, particularly if they're short.

Re: Not sure what this type of word is?

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:19 am UTC
by Quercus
eSOANEM wrote:I was going to say particle but poxic got there first. Generally most weird words which don't fit into the noun/adjective/verb/adverb model you were taught in school fall under the umbrella of particles, particularly if they're short.


So, pretty much the same as physics then :D

Re: Not sure what this type of word is?

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:20 am UTC
by Angua
poxic wrote:No, even better: Sentence-final particle.

Thanks! Unfortunately not helping with my googling (it's quite possibly something that grammarians talking about West Indian dialects haven't documented).

Re: Not sure what this type of word is?

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:47 am UTC
by Derek
Can you give us some example sentences?

Re: Not sure what this type of word is?

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:46 pm UTC
by Angua
From facebook (don't think spoilers are as easily googleable?)
Spoiler:
By this time I might as well stay up for all dread

I well want some unfriend me....U really lucky dread

aye GG no warnt swear in UNITY dem dread while de Army a tek out tings fram GHQ. Dem a buy time dread while dem a meet at Kittitian Hill and de Parrot de wid dem. Aryou watch dem an tek dem pichua dread

Re: Not sure what this type of word is?

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:24 am UTC
by bigglesworth
Isn't it an intensifier? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intensifier

Just because in British or American Standard English it's never at the end of the sentence doesn't mean that an intensifier couldn't be at the end here.

Re: Not sure what this type of word is?

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:47 am UTC
by Eebster the Great
These categories seem to overlap a lot. Is there even any way to distinguish between a particle and an incomparable adverb modifying a sentence in examples like this one? Like, well, um, not sure, right?