View table of contents for this book View table of contents for LinguaLinksLibrary Go to LinguaLinks home page

What is an exclamation?



Here are two senses for exclamation:

  1. An exclamation, broadly defined, is any utterance made with strong emotion.
  2. An exclamation, narrowly defined, is a sentence type that is used to express a strong emotional state. It contrasts in syntax or morphology with other sentence types which typically express statements, commands, and questions.
Example (English)
  • What a hot summer it was!
  • Generic
      An exclamation is a kind of

    Crystal 1985 114


    Hartmann and Stork 1972 80


    Sadock and Zwicky 1985 162–163

    Context for this page:

    Go to SIL home page This page is an extract from the LinguaLinks Library, Version 5.0 published on CD-ROM by SIL International, 2003. [Ordering information.]

    Page content last modified: 5 January 2004

    © 2004 SIL International