Many words and expressions have a pragmatic rather than a semantic meaning. Pragmatics lets us denote specificity in a convenient manner:

  • "Well," marks dispreferreds.
  • "Oh" acknowledges new information.
  • "Uh" prolongs a turn or marks dispreferreds.
  • "By the way" introduces a topic jump.

Since Hilinqwo is a highly semantic language, it depends largely on pragmatic markers.