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Thu Jul 05 2012

Books: A Grammar of Spoken English Discourse: O'Grady

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Date: 04-Jul-2012
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Subject: A Grammar of Spoken English Discourse: O'Grady
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Title: A Grammar of Spoken English Discourse Subtitle: The Intonation of Increments Series Title: Bloomsbury Studies in Theoretical Linguistics Published: 2012 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Gerard O'Grady Paperback: ISBN: 1441148485 9781441148483 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 27.99

David Brazil's pioneering work on the grammar of spoken discourse ended atA Grammar Of Speech (1995) due to his untimely death. Gerard O'Gradypicks up the baton in this book and tests the description of used languageagainst a spoken corpus. He incorporates findings from the last decade ofcorpus linguistics study, notably concerning phrases and lexical items largerthan single orthographic words and ellipsis. He demonstrates the addedcommunicative significance that the incorporation of two systems ofintonation ('Key' and 'Termination') bring to the grammar.

O'Grady reviews the literature and covers the theory before moving on to apractical, analytic section. His final chapter reviews the arguments, mapsthe road ahead and lays out the practical applications of the grammar. Thebook will be of great interest to researchers in applied linguistics, discourseanalysis and also EFL/ESL.

"Taking David Brazil's ground-breaking work on the grammar of speech as astarting point, O'Grady makes an important contribution to the analysis ofunfolding real-time language. He assesses the strengths and weaknesses ofBrazil's grammar and goes on to offer a developed version, using evidencefrom a corpus of read aloud speech. Perhaps his main contribution is inplacing intonation more centrally in the description. His work will be ofrelevance to all whose interests are in understanding speech as processrather than product and the role of intonation in discourse." Martin Hewings,Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of English, Drama and Americanand Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham, UK

Contents: 1. Introduction: the organisation of spoken discourse \ 2. A reviewof A Grammar of Speech \ 3. The psychological foundations of the grammar \4. A linear grammar of speech \ 5. The corpus and its coding \ 6. Incrementsand tone \ 7. Key and termination within and between increments \ 8.Reviewing, looking forward and practical applications \ Bibliography \ Index

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics                             Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Written In: English (eng)

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