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I thought that the quotative "be like" was limited to American English, but was surprised to hear a 60-something New Zealand woman using it repeatedly recently. What is the status in world English?

(I am referring to "be like" to introduce a quotation or internal monologue, as is discussed in e.g. this paper: http://www.jstor.org/stable/455910 )

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I think it's pretty global at this point. I keep hearing it among the Irish and British speakers everyday, if I get you correctly. It would be better if you had provided an example sentence as well. –  Neeku Jul 24 '14 at 11:13
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What are you talking about? The question is totally unclear. Give examples, examples, examples. –  Joe Blow Jul 24 '14 at 11:51
    
I added a reference with examples for those who haven't heard of it. –  hunter Jul 24 '14 at 12:48
    
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(2) It's a common usage here in the north of England amongst under-30s say. (1) Previous threads pick up on the fact that, though 'He's like: "What's that under the table?" ' looks and behaves like a quote structure, there is an implication that the accuracy of the 'quote' part may not be 100%. So 'He's like' = 'He said something like' (as well as perhaps 'He said'). 'Like as a hedging/approximative quotative' is addressed in a paper by I Buchstaller. –  Edwin Ashworth Jul 24 '14 at 13:38

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I hear it plenty in Canadian English, as well as the occasional ( and similar ) "be all", as in this example:

'So I see my friend at the bus stop, and he's all, "did you see that seagull take a crap on that guy's head?!", and I'm like, "no way, where?"'

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