slikewatch in Berkeley

There is “a paper(PDF)”:http://www.stanford.edu/~wasow/AmSp.pdf referenced “in Language Log”:http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003978.html#more which charts the use of “all” as a quotative in Californian speech over the last decade. It seems to be falling out of favour, replaced in this usage by “like”, so that the cool kids no longer say %(sane)”and I’m, all, Dude, where’s my car?”% but %(sane)”and I’m, like, Dude, where’s my car?”%

This was fine enough, but what I liked was the diagram showing a search pattern the authors used on Google. All human life is here:

likewhoa.png

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1 Response to slikewatch in Berkeley

  1. I can recall as if it were yesterday — as opposed to over eighteen years ago — standing in line to register at the University of California, San Diego, behind two young women who could not complete a sentence without using ‘all’ or ‘like’.

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