How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
While linguistics traditionally focused on a language use oriented towards the written norm, this book emphasizes the interactional use of language. On a theoretical and empirical basis, the author develops linguistic concepts to analyze both spoken and written interactional language. By illustrating the relevance of syntactic structures of interactional language, the book also contributes to areas of applied linguistics, such as grammar writing and German as a second language.