Lingua Franca is often a fun show and tomorrow they have someone talking about “the new quotatives”
The words like and go when classed as ‘new quotatives’ have linguistic functions way beyond their traditional meanings. And this phenomenon is not confined to English; it can be found in many other languages.
I love listening to this kind of thing. It’s like getting inside the operating system of our life – our language and watching it change. I also like I like listening to accents and trying to figure out what they’re trying to ‘get across’ – what kind of character they’re suggesting – because most of them do and that’s the engine behind their slow and subtle changes.