In an episode of the Graham Norton Show, Norton is speaking with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. He asks Hathaway to tell them about her initial feelings about working with McConaughey. She is nervous to do so but agrees, saying:

I was excited to work with Matthew—yeah yeah, I mean who wouldn’t be? He’s amazing.

In this context, what part of speech would the word yeah be considered to be? I originally thought an interjection, but I am unsure.

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    The word you’re looking for is word class or part of speech. I’ve edited your question to use those terms to make it easier to understand, and also added some formatting. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 29 '18 at 15:26

Use of "yeah" twice, to interrupt, is a volitive interjection; and passive aggressive.

  • However, that's not the way in which it's being used here. Here, I believe it's simply an elided form of "Yes, I know." (BTW: I'm not the person who downvoted you. ) – Jason Bassford Apr 29 '18 at 18:53
  • @JasonBassford - I understand it is possible for someone to speak to someone else, interrupt (or agree with) themselves, and continue their speech. It is more common for one person to be speaking to another and for the other to interrupt with two or three "ya" - it's OCD. Speaking of yourself in the third person, if that's what you're suggesting that the context is, does not exclude the use of the same terminology as if speaking to another; or a mirror, or yourself while living in a rubber room. It would have to be singing for "yeah, yeah", (or "hey, hey") to be a different part of speech. – Rob Apr 29 '18 at 21:42

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