The articles in this volume examine the notion of clausal subordination based on
English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German and Japanese conversational data.
Some of the articles approach ‘subordination’ in terms of social action, taking
into account what participants are doing with their talk, considering topics such
as the use of clauses as projector phrases and as devices for organizing the
participant structure of the conversation. Other articles focus on the emergence
of clause combinations diachronically and synchronically, taking on topics such
as the grammaticalization of clauses and conjunctions into discourse markers,
and the continuum nature of syntactic subordination. In all of the articles,
linguistic forms are considered to be emergent from recurrent practices engaged
in by participants in conversation. The contributions critically examine central
syntactic notions in interclausal relations and their relevance to the description
of clause combining in conversational language, to the structure of
conversation, and to the interactional functions of language.