Given a set of expressions, when responding to questions about rules and regulations.
'It's just the way it is.'
'It's the rules.'
'It's just not allowed.'
What would be a good functional/notional description of this lexical set.
Shutting down? Avoiding explaining? Refusal to engage in discussion?
EAQUALS from the British Council, page 6 shows the kind of functions I'm talking about. Communicative function, what meaning they convey to an interlocutor.
Take the conversation:
A: So, I'm going to put this over here
B: No, you can't do that.
A: Wait, what, what do you mean? Why not?
B: It's just the rules.
A: I don't get it. That doesn't make any sense.
B: It's just the way it is. Forget about it.
"It's just the way it is." - in this situation, the guy is saying "don't ask questions", or "it's not worth getting into"