Topic chains as form and function
Lau, Tze Hui
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Topic prominent constructions by non-native speakers of English are basic and non-derived due to problem-solving strategies. In this case study, natural kitchen pidgin data is collected and transcribed in order to document the features of this working pidgin and re-interpret them as functional topic chains. The underlying pragmatic functions of the topic chains produce topic prominent forms. The definition of the kitchen speech as a “kitchen pidgin” is challenged when the kitchen workers in this study are re-evaluated as successful language learners despite the restricted usage of this mixed language in the workplace.