Syntax and Lexis in Conversation

Studies on the use of linguistic resources in talk-in-interaction

| University of Helsinki
| University of Potsdam
ISBN 9789027226273 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027294173 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
This volume is a collection of current work at the interface of linguistics and conversation analysis. The focus is on linguistic items in their action contexts: syntactic structures and lexical items in data from natural conversations in six European languages: Danish, English, Finnish, German, Italian and Swedish. Some of the studies deal with similar practices in two different languages, which enables cross-linguistic comparisons. The notion of 'construction' is brought together with an interactional perspective; the fact that constructions cannot always be clearly analysed as either syntactic or lexico-semantic has its reflection in this volume.

So far, there have been fewer attempts at interactionally oriented work on lexical and semantic phenomena than on syntactic constructions. In this volume, several papers show the interactional relevance of word selection and lexical semantic issues. In the future, studies on syntax and lexico-semantics in interaction will enrich realistic grammars of our languages, and cross-linguistic description of comparable practices of organizing talk in interaction will be invaluable for the study of both inter-European and international communication.

[Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 17]  2005.  viii, 406 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Auli Hakulinen and Margret Selting
Part I. Syntactic resources in conversation
Syntax and prosody as methods for the construction and identification of turn-constructional units in conversation
Margret Selting
Parenthesis as a resource in the grammar of conversation
Outi Duvallon and Sara Routarinne
Delayed self-repairs as a structuring device for complex turns in conversation
Peter Auer
Pivot constructions in spoken German
Hannes Scheutz
The use of marked syntactic constructions in Italian multi-party conversation
Chiara M. Monzoni
Grammatical constructions in “real life practices”: WO-constructions in everyday German
Susanne Günthner
Interactional and sequential configurations informing request format selection in children’s speech
Anthony Wootton
Language as social action: A study of how senior citizens request assistance with practical tasks in the Swedish home help service
Anna Lindström
Part II. Lexico-semantic resources in conversation
The interactional generation of exaggerated versions in conversation
Paul Drew
A linguistic practice for retracting overstatements: ‘Concessive repair’
Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Sandra A. Thompson
Conversational interpretation of lexical items and conversational contrasting
Arnulf Deppermann
Form and function of ‘first verbs’ in talk-in-interaction
Stephanie Schulze-Wenck
Notes on disaligning ‘yes but’ initiated utterances in Danish and German conversations: Two construction types for dispreferred responses
Jakob Steensig and Birte Asmuß
Where grammar and interaction meet: The preference for matched polarity in responsive turns in Danish
Trine Heinemann
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