As I was walking into work this morning, I heard a student say 'This is me talking.' Bizarrely, he didn't follow it up with anything. It seemed to me the ultimate in phatic speech- utterly meaningless.
In conversations nowadays, I often see a tendency for turn-taking and comprehension checks to reach such a level that communication is minimal. Is it a sign of ageing, or is the sentence above meaningless unless some more speech is reported (the speaker had been silent prior to this, so it wasn't referring backwards).
Categories: Speaking Out