Tina – walking home from cadets (TU11)

Speaker: Tina, female, 18, White British Indian mixed race

In this recording, Tina tells a story about how she avoided being mugged when she was walking home with two friends. Like many of the stories people tell in everyday life, much of the detail lies in what people said and thought, including herself, so the extract is rich in quotative expressions. When the quotative is BE LIKE it is not always clear whether it is introducing what someone said or what they were thinking. This is a typical characteristic of this expression.

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