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Grammar in Interaction : Adverbial Clauses in American English Conversations - Cecilia E. Ford

Grammar in Interaction

Adverbial Clauses in American English Conversations

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1993
ISBN: 9780521418034
Number Of Pages: 184

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Cecilia E. Ford explores the question: what work do adverbial clauses do in conversational interaction? Her analysis of this predominating conjunction strategy in English conversation is based on the assumption that grammars reflect recurrent patterns of situated language use, and that a primary site for language is in spontaneous talk. She considers the interactional as well as the informational work of talk and shows how conversationalists use grammar to co-ordinate their joint language production. The management of the complexities of the sequential development of a conversation, and the social roles of conversational participants, have been extensively examined within the sociological approach of Conversation Analysis. Dr Ford uses Conversation Analysis as a framework for the interpretation of interclausal relations in her database of American English conversations. Her book contributes to a growing body of research on grammar in discourse, which has until recently remained largely focused on monologic rather than dialogic functions of language.

Overview of the conversational corpus
Initial adverbial clauses
Final versus initial adverbial clauses in continuous intonation
Final adverbial clauses after ending intonation
Comparison of clause types and apparent deviations from the general patterns
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ISBN: 9780521418034
ISBN-10: 0521418038
Series: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.38