From Discourse Process to Grammatical Construction: On Left-Dislocation in English

From Discourse Process to Grammatical Construction: On Left-Dislocation in English

by Ronald Geluykens
ISBN-10:
9027226113
ISBN-13:
9789027226112
Pub. Date:
10/28/1992
Publisher:
Benjamins, John Publishing Company

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From Discourse Process to Grammatical Construction: On Left-Dislocation in English

This study deals with interactional processes in conversational discourse, and the way they may get 'syntacticized' into grammatical constructions. It investigates the link between discourse function and syntactic form, and the ways in which grammatical form is a reflection on communicative function, through examining the communicative functions of Left-Dislocation in English. The investigation is corpus-based, and focuses on spontaneous conversation, but other discourse types are also taken into account. The overall perspective is resolutely empirical, and preconceptions about the possible functions of Left-Dislocation are avoided. Contents 1. Theoretical preliminaries; 2. Referent-introduction (1): interaction; 3. Referent-introduction (2): recoverability; 4. Referent-introduction (3): topicality; 5. Other functions of LD; 6. Prosodic aspects of LD; 7. LD in other discourse types; 8. A broader perspecitive; 9. General conclusion; Notes, Appendices, References, Subject and author indices.

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ISBN-13: 9789027226112
Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/28/1992
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.56(d)

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