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Title: Point of View and Grammar
Subtitle: Structural patterns of subjectivity in American English conversation
Written By: Joanne Scheibman
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiDaG_11
Series Title: Studies in Discourse and Grammar 11
Description:

This book proposes that subjective expression shapes grammatical and
lexical patterning in American English conversation. Analyses of structural
and functional properties of English conversational utterances indicate
that the most frequent combinations of subject, tense, and verb type are
those that are used by speakers to personalize their contributions, not to
present unmediated descriptions of the world. These findings are informed
by current research and practices in linguistics which argue that the
emergence, or conventionalization, of linguistic structure is related to
the frequency with which speakers use expressions in discourse. The use of
conversational data in grammatical analysis illustrates the local and
contingent nature of grammar in use and also raises theoretical questions
concerning the coherence of linguistic categories, the viability of
maintaining a distinction between semantic and pragmatic meaning in
analytical practice, and the structural and social interplay of speaker
point of view and participant interaction in discourse.


Table of Contents

List of tables xi
Chapter 1. Linguistic subjectivity and usage-based linguistics 1
Chapter 2. Classification and coding of conversational data 17
Chapter 3. Patterns of subjectivity in person and predicate 61
Chapter 4. The evaluative character of relational clauses 119
Chapter 5. Summaries and conclusions 161
Appendix A: Transcription symbols 173
Appendix B: Intermediate function verbs in the database 175
References 177
Index 183

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Functional & Systemic Ling
Subject Language(s): English
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ISBN: 1588112322
ISBN-13: 9781588112323
Pages: xiv, 188 pp.
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