An interjection is a word or expression that occurs as an utterance on its own and expresses a spontaneous feeling or reaction.[1][2] It is a diverse category, encompassing many different parts of speech, such as exclamations (ouch!, wow!), curses (damn!), greetings (hey, bye), response particles (okay, oh!, m-hm, huh?), hesitation markers (uh, er, um), and other words (stop, cool). Due to its diverse nature, the category of interjections partly overlaps with a few other categories like profanities, discourse markers, and fillers. The use and linguistic discussion of interjections can be traced historically through the Greek and Latin Modistae over many centuries.

  1. ^ Bloomfield, Leonard (1933). Language. New York: Holt.
  2. ^ Crystal, David (2003). A dictionary of linguistics & phonetics (5th ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub. ISBN 9780631226642. OCLC 49824714.

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