Point of View and Grammar

Structural patterns of subjectivity in American English conversation

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This book proposes that subjective expression shapes grammatical and lexical patterning in American English conversation. Analyses of structural and functional properties of English conversational utterances indicate that the most frequent combinations of subject, tense, and verb type are those that are used by speakers to personalize their contributions, not to present unmediated descriptions of the world. These findings are informed by current research and practices in linguistics which argue that the emergence, or conventionalization, of linguistic structure is related to the frequency with which speakers use expressions in discourse. The use of conversational data in grammatical analysis illustrates the local and contingent nature of grammar in use and also raises theoretical questions concerning the coherence of linguistic categories, the viability of maintaining a distinction between semantic and pragmatic meaning in analytical practice, and the structural and social interplay of speaker point of view and participant interaction in discourse.
[Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 11]  2002.  xiv, 187 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi
List of tables
xiii
Chapter 1. Linguistic subjectivity and usage-based linguistics
1–16
Chapter 2. Classification and coding of conversational data
17–60
Chapter 3. Patterns of subjectivity in person and predicate
61–118
Chapter 4. The evaluative character of relational clauses
119–159
Chapter 5. Summaries and conclusions
161–172
Appendix A: Transcription symbols
173–174
Appendix B: Intermediate function verbs in the database
175
References
177–182
Index
183–187
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“The volume is a very detailed and careful study of conversational discourse and the methods employed therein to convey speaker stance.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2002074558