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Academic Paper


Title: Are clefts contagious in conversation?
Author: Andreea Simona Calude
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Homepage: http://www.calude.net/andreea/andreea.html
Institution: University of Reading
Author: Steven Miller
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis
Subject Language: English
Abstract: It is well known that conversationalists often imitate their own body language as a sign of closeness and empathy. This study shows that in spontaneous, unplanned conversation, speakers go as far as emulating each other's grammar. The use of a family of focusing constructions (namely, the cleft), such as it was my mother who rang the other day, or what I meant to say was that he should go Thursday, was investigated in a corpus of conversation excerpts in New Zealand English. Findings show that clefting is contagious. In other words, if one speaker uses a cleft, others will be likely to do so too.

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This article appears IN English Language and Linguistics Vol. 13, Issue 1.

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