Emergent Syntax for Conversation

Clausal patterns and the organization of action

Yael Maschler | University of Haifa
Simona Pekarek Doehler | University of Neuchâtel
Jan Lindström | University of Helsinki
Leelo Keevallik | Linköping University
ISBN 9789027204431 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027261939 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This volume explores how emergent patterns of complex syntax – that is, syntactic structures beyond a simple clause – relate to the local contingencies of action formation in social interaction. It examines both the on-line emergence of clause-combining patterns as they are ‘patched together’ on the fly, as well as their routinization and sedimentation into new grammatical patterns across a range of languages – English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mandarin, and Swedish.

The chapters investigate how the real-time organization of complex syntax relates to the unfolding of turns and actions, focusing on: (i) how complex syntactic patterns, or routinized fragments of ‘canonical’ patterns, serve as resources for projection, (ii) how complex syntactic patterns emerge incrementally, moment-by-moment, out of the real-time trajectories of action, (iii) how formal variants of such patterns relate to social action, and (iv) how all of these play out within the multimodal ecologies of action formation.

The empirical findings presented in this volume lend support to a conception of syntax as fundamentally temporal, emergent, dialogic, sensitive to local interactional contingencies, and interwoven with other semiotic resources.
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction, 32]  2020.  vi, 343 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This volume is a key contribution to the study of syntax in interaction. [...] The collective volume is an inspiring contribution to studying emergent syntax “in the wild”.”
“Focusing on the emerging and emergent aspects of clause combining across languages, the discussions presented in this book have illustrated ways in which complex syntactic patterns are related to the local contingencies in talk-in-interaction and are produced incrementally in the unfolding turns and actions, thus challenging the conventional ‘bird's eye view’ of grammar.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019032415 | Marc record