Chapter published in:Enabling Human Conduct: Studies of talk-in-interaction in honor of Emanuel A. Schegloff
Edited by Geoffrey Raymond, Gene H. Lerner and John Heritage
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 273] 2017
► pp. 317–324
What a difference forty years make
The view from linguistics
In great part thanks to Manny Schegloff’s contributions, CA has brought with it a fresh new way of thinking about language. Three roughly chronological stages can be identified in Schegloff’s linguistic development: (1) casual observation about small-scale linguistic phenomena, including silence, timing of sounds, syllables and words, non-lexical tokens, reference and deixis; (2) serious engagement with large-scale linguistic phenomena, including sentences, questions, speech acts, coherence, and prosody; (3) full-blown linguistic theorizing about, e.g., the natural habitat of language and grammars as positionally sensitive objects. The conclusion is that Manny Schegloff has contributed, if unwittingly, to a ‘new-age’, interactional revolution in linguistic thinking.
Keywords: silence, timing, non-lexical token, reference, deixis, sentence, question, speech act, coherence, prosody, language in its natural habitat, positionally sensitive grammar
Published online: 24 May 2017
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