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Title: Grammar of Spoken English Discourse
Subtitle: The Intonation of Increments
Written By: Gerard Nigel O'Grady
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=136386&SearchType=Basic
Series Title: Continuum Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Description:

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

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Language Documentation
Morphology
Syntax
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781441174444
Pages: 272
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00
 
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ISBN-13: 9781441147172
Pages: 272
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00