Edited by Arnulf Deppermann and Susanne Günthner
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction 27] 2015
► pp. 27–56
The temporality of language in interaction
projection and latency
This paper focuses on two basic principles in the dialogical emergence of self-contained linguistic units (‘sentences’) in interaction: projection and latency. Both are elementary for the synchronization of participants’ minds in what I call the online emergence of syntax. Projection enables speakers and recipients to predict – on the basis of what has been said so far – structural slots in the emergent syntactic gestalt. Latency, on the other hand, relates a new utterance to the structure of the preceding one(s). It links the structure of an emergent syntactic gestalt to that of previous, already complete syntactic gestalts. Projection and latency can easily be observed in mundane conversational phenomena that happen time and again in everyday interaction.
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