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Title: Syntax and Lexis in Conversation
Subtitle: Studies on the use of linguistic resources in talk-in-interaction
Edited By: Auli Auli
Margret Selting
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiDaG%2017
Series Title: Studies in Discourse and Grammar 17

This volume is a collection of current work at the interface of linguistics
and conversation analysis. The focus is on linguistic items in their action
contexts: syntactic structures and lexical items in data from natural
conversations in six European languages: Danish, English, Finnish, German,
Italian and Swedish. Some of the studies deal with similar practices in two
different languages, which enables cross-linguistic comparisons. The notion
of 'construction' is brought together with an interactional perspective;
the fact that constructions cannot always be clearly analysed as either
syntactic or lexico-semantic has its reflection in this volume.

So far, there have been fewer attempts at interactionally oriented work on
lexical and semantic phenomena than on syntactic constructions. In this
volume, several papers show the interactional relevance of word selection
and lexical semantic issues. In the future, studies on syntax and
lexico-semantics in interaction will enrich realistic grammars of our
languages, and cross-linguistic description of comparable practices of
organizing talk in interaction will be invaluable for the study of both
inter-European and international communication.

Table of contents

List of contributors vii–viii

Auli Hakulinen and Margret Selting 1–14

Part I. Syntactic resources in conversation

Syntax and prosody as methods for the construction and identification of
turn-constructional units in conversation
Margret Selting 17–44

Parenthesis as a resource in the grammar of conversation
Outi Duvallon and Sara Routarinne 45–74

Delayed self-repairs as a structuring device for complex turns in conversation
Peter Auer 75–102

Pivot constructions in spoken German
Hannes Scheutz 103–128

The use of marked syntactic constructions in Italian multi-party conversation
Chiara Monzoni 129–157

Grammatical constructions in "real life practices": WO-constructions in
everyday German
Susanne Günthner 159–184

Interactional and sequential configurations informing request format
selection in children's speech
Anthony Wootton 185–207

Language as social action: A study of how senior citizens request
assistance with practical tasks in the Swedish home help service
Anna Lindström 209–230

Part II. Lexico-semantic resources in conversation

The interactional generation of exaggerated versions in conversation
Paul Drew 233–255

A linguistic practice for retracting overstatements: 'Concessive repair'
Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Sandra A. Thompson 257–288

Conversational interpretation of lexical items and conversational contrasting
Arnulf Deppermann 289–317

Form and function of 'first verbs' in talk-in-interaction
Stephanie Schulze-Wenck 319–348

Notes on disaligning 'yes but' initiated utterances in Danish and German
conversations: Two construction types for dispreferred responses
Jakob Steensig and Birte Asmuß 349–373

Where grammar and interaction meet: The preference for matched polarity in
responsive turns in Danish
Trine Heinemann 375–402

Index 403–406

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Danish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902722627X
ISBN-13: 9789027226273
Pages: viii, 408
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