Studies in Interactional Linguistics

Studies in Interactional Linguistics

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Current interactional linguistic research appears to be crystallizing around systematic themes, which are all represented in this collection of papers. In the first section, where the relation between language and interaction is viewed from the perspective of language structure, several articles deal with the potential of a single structure for both turn and sequence construction, revealing a play-off between planned and occasioned syntax with potentially far-reaching consequences for language development. Other articles deal with lexical expressions as resources for the conduct of interaction, showing how they are heavily dependent on turn position and sequential context for their meaning potential. In the second section, with a view from the perspective of the interactional order, a systematic focus of interest lies on three different conversational tasks: projecting turn and turn-unit completion, starting up turns with `non-beginnings' and self-repairing. The cross-linguistic studies here all agree that common interactional tasks may well be carried out by quite different linguistic practices and that these practices are dependent to a certain extent on language features which are typologically distinct.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 438 pages
  • 157.5 x 223.5 x 27.9mm | 725.76g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110974
  • 9781588110978

Table of contents

1. Foreword (by Thompson, Sandra A.); 2. Introducing Interactional Linguistics (by Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth); 3. Part I. Language structure in interaction; 4. Emerging syntax for interaction: Noun phrases and clauses as a syntactic resource for interaction (by Helasvuo, Marja-Liisa); 5. At the intersection of turn and sequence: Negation and what comes next (by Ford, Cecilia E.); 6. The implementation of possible cognitive shifts in Japanese conversation: Complementizers as pivotal devices (by Tanaka, Hiroko); 7. On causal clause combining: The case of 'weil' in spoken German (by Scheutz, Hannes); 8. Dutch 'but' as a sequential conjunction: Its use as a resumption marker (by Mazeland, Harrie); 9. On some uses of the discourse particle 'kyl(la)' in Finnish conversation (by Hakulinen, Auli); 10. Interactional Linguistics and language development: A conversation analytic perspective on emergent syntax (by Corrin, Juliette); 11. Part II. Interactional order and linguistic practice; 12. Fragments of units as deviant cases of unit production in conversational talk (by Selting, Margret); 13. Notes on turn-construction methods in Danish and Turkish conversation (by Steensig, Jakob); 14. An exploration of prosody and turn projection in English conversation (by Fox, Barbara A.); 15. Postposition-initiated utterances in Japanese conversation: An interactional account of a grammatical practice (by Hayashi, Makoto); 16. Confirming intersubjectivity through retroactive elaboration: Organization of phrasal units in other-initiated repair sequences in Korean conversation (by Kim, Kyu-hyun); 17. Some arguments for the relevance of syntax to same-sentence self-repair in everyday German conversation (by Uhmann, Susanne); 18. Simple answers to polar questions: The case of Finnish (by Sorjonen, Marja-Leena); 19. List of contributors; 20. Index
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