The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported primarily by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2018 Fund Drive (
Ask Your Question

What linguistic term applies to expressions like 'wow' or 'oh'?

asked 2016-11-09 04:10:21 -0400

Kozmoi gravatar image

While I think that 'wow' can be expletive in spoken communication is it a vocal effect?

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete

1 answer

Sort by ยป oldest newest most voted

answered 2016-11-27 23:07:15 -0400

ychen gravatar image

I think they are called interjections.

edit flag offensive delete link more
Login/Signup to Answer

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2016-11-09 04:10:21 -0400

Seen: 58 times

Last updated: Nov 09 '16