The Interactive Stance (Hardback)
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The Interactive Stance (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 12/01/2012
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This book presents one of the first attempts at developing a precise, grammatically rooted, theory of conversation motivated by data from real conversations. The theory has descriptive reach from the micro-conversational--e.g. self-repair at the word level - to macro-level phenomena such as multi-party conversation and the characterization of distinct conversational genres. It draws on extensive corpus studies of the British National Corpus, on evidence from language acquisition, and on computer simulations of language evolution. The theory provides accounts of the opening, middle game, and closing stages of conversation. It also offers a new perspective on traditional semantic concerns such as quantification and anaphora. The Interactive Stance challenges orthodox views of grammar by arguing that, unless we wish to exclude from analysis a large body of frequently occurring words and constructions, the right way to construe grammar is as a system that characterizes types of talk in interaction.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199697922
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 798 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 31 mm


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This book challenges the orthodox view by arguing that grammar should be construed as a system that is able to characterize different types of conversation. Drawing on extensive corpusstudies of the British National Corpus, the book presents a grammatically rooted theory of conversation, and convincingly demonstrates that grammar must link up directly with conversation. * Beishui Liao, Discourse Studies, 2014 *
Interactive Stance provides intriging insights into selected aspects of dialog and the mechanisms that underlie language in interaction. * Sebastian Feller, Language and Dialogue *

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