Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Interjection

Definition: 

An interjection is a form, typically brief, such as one syllable or word, which is used most often as an exclamation or part of an exclamation.

An interjection:

  • typically expresses an emotional reaction, often with respect to an accompanying sentence
  • is not syntactically related to other accompanying expressions
  • may include a combination of sounds not otherwise found in the language
Examples: 

(English)

  • psst
  • ugh
  • excellent
  • well, well