Russell's note continues:Language Log: Yet another "yeah no" note
I also have to mostly agree with you wrt to this: "The null hypothesis, I think, would be that yeah, yes, no, oh, etc. each has its own function, and speakers emit instances of such words randomly as functionally appropriate." In all the cases of "yeah-no" (and "no-yeah") that I've looked at (mostly switchboard and fisher transcripts, also some multi-party meeting recordings) you can identify a function that each of the yeas and nos has, and they correspond almost exactly to functions that they have -individually-.
wrt stands for what? Or what was supposed to be, please? I could guess that wrt stands for with respect to/with regard to. However, it is followed by the word to. So, I am confused.
WRT - Wiktionary
P.S.: I had to contact the poster, Mark Liberman, but failed to do so.
Just like people say ATM machine and PIN number.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
" … it does not make sense to expect to learn the grammar of a foreign language by mastering one piece of it before moving onto the next"."He had to go to Germany" meant that it was obligatory for him to go there, and he did indeed go there.
had to - meaning - Topic
Thank you our great teacher, David Barker. You hit the nail on the head.