From Discourse Process to Grammatical Construction

On Left-Dislocation in English

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This study deals with interactional processes in conversational discourse, and the way they may get 'syntacticized' into grammatical constructions. It investigates the link between discourse function and syntactic form, and the ways in which grammatical form is a reflection on communicative function, through examining the communicative functions of Left-Dislocation in English. The investigation is corpus-based, and focuses on spontaneous conversation, but other discourse types are also taken into account. The overall perspective is resolutely empirical, and preconceptions about the possible functions of Left-Dislocation are avoided. Contents 1. Theoretical preliminaries; 2. Referent-introduction (1): interaction; 3. Referent-introduction (2): recoverability; 4. Referent-introduction (3): topicality; 5. Other functions of LD; 6. Prosodic aspects of LD; 7. LD in other discourse types; 8. A broader perspecitive; 9. General conclusion; Notes, Appendices, References, Subject and author indices.
[Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 1]  1992.  xii, 182 pp.
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Table of Contents
1. Theoretical Preliminaries
1
2. Referent-Introduction (1): Interaction
33
3. Referent-Introduction (2): Recoverability
53
4. Referent-Introduction (3): Topicality
69
5. Other Functions of LD
83
6. Prosodic Aspects of LD
97
7. LD in Other Discourse Types
115
8. A Broader Perspective
137
9. General Conclusion
153
Notes
161
Appendices
165
References
171
Subject Index
179
Author Index
181
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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