Emergent Syntax for Conversation

Clausal patterns and the organization of action

| University of Haifa
| University of Neuchâtel
| University of Helsinki
| 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
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Complex syntax-in-interaction: Emergent and emerging clause-combining patterns for organizing social actions
Simona Pekarek Doehler, Yael Maschler, Leelo Keevallik and Jan Lindström
Part I. Emerging projecting constructions
Chapter 2. Nel senso (che) in Italian conversation: Turn-taking, turn-maintaining and turn-yielding
Elwys De Stefani
Chapter 3. The emergence and routinization of complex syntactic patterns formed with ajatella ‘think’ and tietää ‘know’ in Finnish talk-in-interaction
Ritva Laury and Marja-Liisa Helasvuo
Chapter 4. The insubordinate – subordinate continuum: Prosody, embodied action, and the emergence of Hebrew complex syntax
Yael Maschler
Chapter 5. Emergent patterns of predicative clauses in spoken Hebrew discourse: The ha'emet (hi) she- ‘the truth (is) that’ construction
Hilla Polak-Yitzhaki
Chapter 6. From matrix clause to turn expansion: The emergence of wo juede ‘I feel/think’ in Mandarin conversational interaction
Wei Wang and Hongyin Tao
Part II. Locally emergent clause-combining patterns
Chapter 7. Practices of clause-combining: From complex wenn-constructions to insubordinate (‘stand-alone’) conditionals in everyday spoken German
Susanne Günthner
Chapter 8. Grammatical coordination of embodied action: The Estonian ja ‘and’ as a temporal organizer of Pilates moves
Leelo Keevallik
Chapter 9. Consecutive clause combinations in instructing activities: Directives and accounts in the context of physical training
Jan Lindström, Camilla Lindholm, Inga-Lill Grahn and Martina Huhtamäki
Chapter 10. Right-dislocated complement clauses in German talk-in-interaction: (Re-)specifying propositional referents of the demonstrative pronoun das
Nadine Proske and Arnulf Deppermann
Chapter 11. Relative-clause increments and the management of reference: A multimodal analysis of French talk-in-interaction
Ioana-Maria Stoenica and Simona Pekarek Doehler
Chapter 12. Afterword
Paul J. Hopper
“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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Mushin, Ilana & Simona Pekarek Doehler
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Stoenica, Ioana-Maria & Sophia Fiedler
2021. Multimodal Practice for Mobilizing Response: The Case of Turn-Final Tu Vois ‘You See’ in French Talk-in-Interaction. Frontiers in Psychology 12 Crossref logo

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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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