Spontaneous Spoken Language: Syntax and Discourse

Paperback | May 15, 2009

byJim Miller, Regina Weinert

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Jim Miller and Regina Weinert investigate syntactic structure and the organization of discourse in spontaneous spoken language. Using data from English, German, and Russian, they develop a systematic analysis of spoken English and highlight properties that hold across languages. The authors argue that the differences in syntax and the construction of discourse between spontaneous speech and written language bear on various areas of linguistic theory, apart from having obvious implications for syntactic analysis. In particular, they bear on typology, Chomskyan theories offirst language acquisition, and the perennial problem of language in education. In current typological practice written and spontaneous spoken texts are often compared; the authors show convincingly that typological research should compare like with like. The consequences for Chomskyan, and indeedall, theories of first language acquisition flow from the central fact that children first learn spoken language before they are taught written language.

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Jim Miller and Regina Weinert investigate syntactic structure and the organization of discourse in spontaneous spoken language. Using data from English, German, and Russian, they develop a systematic analysis of spoken English and highlight properties that hold across languages. The authors argue that the differences in syntax and the ...

Jim Miller is Professor of Cognitive Linguistics, the University of Auckland. Regina Weinert is a Lecturer in Germanic Linguistics, the University of Sheffield

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Sentences and Clauses3. Clauses: Type, Combination, and Integration4. Noun Phrases: Complexity and COnfiguration5. Focus Concentration6. Focus Constructions: Clefts and like7. Historical Linguistics and Typology8. Written Language, First Languaeg Acquisition, and EducationEpilogueReferencesIndex

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`many nuggets of valuable information and analysis ... The authors display thorough knowledge and understanding of both formal and functional linguistics and have bravely taken on the mantle of bridge-builders. With their rich data base and close analyses, they show that the convergence ofviews which is detectable in contemporary linguistics can be profitably put into practice.'J.Lachlan Mackenzie, Linguistics, Vol.37, 2001