[Ads-l] sentence-final "so"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 12 11:46:07 EDT 2021


I see the final "so" as the beginning of the next omitted sentence. If the
next sentence would be a question in the speaker's mind ("So, do you have
anything to say in response?") it would go up.

On Wed, May 12, 2021, 11:11 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Larry, I think it can go either way or remain flat.
>
> It can also trail off, as if the speaker is thinking of elaborating
> further.
>
> JL
>
> On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 10:41 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > Jon, does your sentence-final “so” have a final rising intonation? I’m
> > assuming the Irish one Michael mentions doesn’t.
> >
> > LH
> >
> > > On May 12, 2021, at 9:51 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > Fascinating.
> > >
> > > But does it have such wide application?
> > >
> > > The exx. suggest that, in Ireland, it abbreviates an idiomatic clause
> > ("So
> > > it is," "So I will.")
> > >
> > > In my experience in the U.S., what might follow is usually entirely
> > vague:
> > > "I'm going down to the store, so."  "So you should tell me if you need
> > > anything"? "So I'll be gone for a while?" "So I can't do anything else
> > > right now"?
> > >
> > > JL
> > >
> > > On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 9:23 AM Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> Ubiquitous in Ireland. “It’s a grand day, so (it is.)” “I’ll leave you
> > to
> > >> it, so (I will).”
> > >>
> > >> Michael Everson
> > >> http://evertype.com
> > >>
> > >>> On 12 May 2021, at 14:08, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > >> wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>> I've been noticing this for possibly five years, but it could be
> more
> > or
> > >>> less.
> > >>>
> > >>> Quora.com:
> > >>>
> > >>> Q: Which is worse, homophobia or cacophobia?
> > >>>
> > >>> A: I mean, more people are homophobic than cacophobic so.
> > >>>
> > >>> I'd have put in a comma before "so," because there's usually a pause.
> > >>>
> > >>> It seems to have developed from a feeling that more should be said,
> but
> > >> the
> > >>> speaker doesn't know what.
> > >>>
> > >>> My feeling is that it was preceded by the (still existing), "so --
> you
> > >>> know."
> > >>>
> > >>> JL
> > >>> --
> > >>> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
> > >> truth."
> > >>>
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>
> --
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>
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