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LINGUIST List 19.3578

Sat Nov 22 2008

Books: Discourse Analysis/Syntax/Pragmatics: Betz

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Grammar and Interaction: Betz


Message 1: Grammar and Interaction: Betz
Date: 21-Nov-2008
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Grammar and Interaction: Betz
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Title: Grammar and Interaction
Subtitle: Pivots in German conversation
Series Title: Studies in Discourse and Grammar 21
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiDaG%2021

Author: Emma Betz
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027289933 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027289933 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027226310 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027226310 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Abstract:

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Pragmatics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): German, Standard (deu)

Written In: English (eng )

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