mmmkay? and its kin
Dennis R. Preston
preston at MSU.EDU
Fri Jul 2 11:48:10 UTC 2004
My bad. It's the counselor (Mr. Markey?), not Mr. Garrison (the
teacher with the hand puppets), as my viewing of Cartman unwillingly
giving up a kidney for Stan revealed last night.
>>I can't remember the South Park teacher's name (he with a friend
>>named Mr. Hat I believe, although in the episode I saw last night he
>>was unfaithful to Mr. Hat with Mr. Stick), but he tags nearly half
>>of his uterances with "mmmmmkay." The effect is striking and is
>>clearly a part of his "characterization."
>>from Genre magazine, August 2004, p.30, article on digital cameras:
>>Finally, cameras that use rechargeable batteries will lkely save you
>>money in the long run, mmmkay?
>>i'm familiar with "ok?" (or even "ok!") produced with an initial
>>prenasalized velar stop. does this have a labial component for some
>>speakers? a *prolonged* one? can it be used as an agreement marker as
>>well as a question marker?
>>there are a few "nkay?" web hits on google, no relevant ones for
>>"ngkay?", but large numbers for "mkay?", "mmkay?", "mmmkay?", and some
>>even for "mmmmkay?", "mmmmmkay?", "mmmmmmkay?", and "mmmmmmmkay?"
>>(though once you get past three m's, google asks if you meant
>>let me know if anyone's studied the phonetics and/or pragmatics here,
>>arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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