Grammar and Interaction

Pivots in German conversation

| Kansas State University
ISBN 9789027226310 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027289933 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This monograph provides a micro-analytic description of the structure and communicative use of syntactic pivot constructions in German. Using the methodology of Conversation Analysis, this work shows that pivots emerge in interaction in response to local communicative needs.

Exclusively found in spoken German, pivots allow a speaker to extend an utterance beyond a possible completion point in a syntactically and prosodically unobtrusive way. Speakers utilize this basic property to promote context-specific actions: managing boundaries of speakership, bridging sequential and topical junctures, and dealing with different types of interactional trouble.

Through a close examination of syntactic pivots as an interactional resource, this work shows that spoken linguistic structures can only be fully understood if we acknowledge the temporality of language and view grammar as usage-based and negotiable. This book thus contributes to a growing body of research at the intersection of grammar and interaction.

[Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 21]  2008.  xiii, 208 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of tables and figures
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Preliminaries
Chapter 3. Pivot constructions as a syntactic resource for turn-taking: Managing overlap
Chapter 4. Pivots at sequential and topic boundaries: Steering the emerging direction of the talk
Chapter 5. Pivot constructions as a resource for managing repair: Searching for a word
Chapter 6. Pivot constructions in embedded self-correction: Changes in action and epistemic stance
Chapter 7. Concluding discussion
Appendix A. Transcription conventions
Appendix B. Abbreviations for grammatical descriptions
Name index
Subject index
“Insgesamt ist das Buch ein sehr lesenswerter Beitrag zur Erforschung von Grammatik und Interaktion des Deutschen. Methodologisch klar an den Prinzipien der Konversationsanalyse orientiert, ist das Verständnis der Analysen durch zahlreiche einführende Elemente und Literaturverweise in den einzelnen Kapiteln auch für mit diesem Rahmen weniger vertraute Leser gesichert. Die übersichtliche Einführung in die Syntax des Deutschen sowie die zahlreichen Hinweise auf aktuelle Arbeiten zum gesprochenen Deutsch machen dieses Buch zu einer empfehlenswerten einführenden Lektüre für alle, die deutschsprachige Interaktionen analysieren.”
“This will be a very useful book to those interested in CA and thoughtful linguistic research.”
“[...] the book is a highly readable contribution to the study of grammar and interaction in German [...]. Additionally and importantly, as betz points out in her closing chapter, this study provides clear evidence of the orderliness of spoken language, and of the divergence between the grammar of spoken language, exemplified by German, where pivot constructions are a coherent unit, and its written counterpart, where a construction like the pivot construction is impossible.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008033088 | Marc record