• Daniel C. O’Connell
  • Sabine Kowal
Part of the Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics book series (CALS)

Chapter Prospectus

Chapter 14, Interjections, engages a phenomenon that has been historically a marginal, thoroughly neglected linguistic category. Their independence of ambient sentential syntax makes interjections largely irrelevant to a linguistics deeply immersed in grammar, and their association with spontaneous spoken discourse makes them of little interest to research based on a written language bias. Recent research offers promise that prototypical characteristics of interjections can provide a basis for empirical analyses of their various forms and functions. In particular, the relationship of interjections to other particles, e.g., fillers and HA-HA laughter, must be clarified. Empirical evidence shows that, in their role as expressions of current emotion, interjections have strong links to both medial and conceptual orality rather than to medial and conceptual literacy. Conventional (“tame”) and nonconventional (“wild”) primary interjections (Rhodes, 1992, p. 222) differ...


Emotional Expressiveness Word Class Write Material Temporal Priority Discourse Marker 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel C. O’Connell
    • 1
  • Sabine Kowal
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Technische Universität Institut für Sprache und KommunikationGermany

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