Stranger Smalltalk
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August 13th, 2014

Stranger Smalltalk

  • Joe Mama

    It's great that Clyde says, "Yeh, it is hot out." while wearing a parka. A nice throw-away line emphasizing his complete disinterest in the conversation.

  • Bayugopai

    Great example of social function of speech (but explaining it subverts it), – phatic communion "The use of language pure to establish or maintain good social relations between people, such as comments about the weather between English-speakers who encounter one another but have nothing in particular to say." (Trask 1997:167)