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What is an interjection?

 

Definition
 

An interjection is a form, typically brief, such as one syllable or word, which is used most often as an exclamation or part of an exclamation.

 

An interjection

 
  • typically expresses an emotional reaction, often with respect to an accompanying sentence
  • is not syntactically related to other accompanying expressions, and
  • may include a combination of sounds not otherwise found in the language.
Examples (English)
 
  • psst
  • ugh
  • excellent
  • well, well
 
Sources:

Crystal 1980 188–189

Hartmann and Stork 1972 115

Generic
  An interjection is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1980 188–189

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 115

 

Mish 1990:631


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