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LINGUIST List 23.2948

Thu Jul 05 2012

Books: A Grammar of Spoken English Discourse: O'Grady

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Jul-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.Moriartybloomsbury.com>
Subject: A Grammar of Spoken English Discourse: O'Grady
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Title: A Grammar of Spoken English Discourse
Subtitle: The Intonation of Increments
Series Title: Bloomsbury Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Published: 2012
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

Book URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=168764&SearchType=Basic

Author: Gerard O'Grady
Paperback: ISBN: 1441148485 9781441148483 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 27.99

David Brazil's pioneering work on the grammar of spoken discourse ended at
A Grammar Of Speech (1995) due to his untimely death. Gerard O'Grady
picks up the baton in this book and tests the description of used language
against a spoken corpus. He incorporates findings from the last decade of
corpus linguistics study, notably concerning phrases and lexical items larger
than single orthographic words and ellipsis. He demonstrates the added
communicative significance that the incorporation of two systems of
intonation ('Key' and 'Termination') bring to the grammar.

O'Grady reviews the literature and covers the theory before moving on to a
practical, analytic section. His final chapter reviews the arguments, maps
the road ahead and lays out the practical applications of the grammar. The
book will be of great interest to researchers in applied linguistics, discourse
analysis and also EFL/ESL.

"Taking David Brazil's ground-breaking work on the grammar of speech as a
starting point, O'Grady makes an important contribution to the analysis of
unfolding real-time language. He assesses the strengths and weaknesses of
Brazil's grammar and goes on to offer a developed version, using evidence
from a corpus of read aloud speech. Perhaps his main contribution is in
placing intonation more centrally in the description. His work will be of
relevance to all whose interests are in understanding speech as process
rather than product and the role of intonation in discourse." Martin Hewings,
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of English, Drama and American
and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham, UK

Contents: 1. Introduction: the organisation of spoken discourse \ 2. A review
of A Grammar of Speech \ 3. The psychological foundations of the grammar \
4. A linear grammar of speech \ 5. The corpus and its coding \ 6. Increments
and tone \ 7. Key and termination within and between increments \ 8.
Reviewing, looking forward and practical applications \ Bibliography \ Index

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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