The Interactive Stance: Meaning for Conversation

Paperback | May 9, 2015

byJonathan Ginzburg

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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 asmulti-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, middlegame, and closing stages of conversation. It also offers a new perspective on traditional semantic concerns such as quanitifcation and anaphora. The Interactive Stance challenges orthodox views of grammar by aruging that, unless we wish to excluse from analysis a large body of frequently occurrringwords and constructions, the right way to construe grammar is as a system that characterizes types of talk in interaction.

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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 asmulti-party conversation and the characteriza...

Jonathan Ginzburg has held appointments at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and King's College, London. He is currently Professor of Linguistics at Universite Paris-Diderot (Paris 7). He is the author of Interrogative Investigations: The Form, Meaning, and Use of English Interrogatives (jointly with Ivan A. Sag) and has published mo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:430 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:May 9, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Interaction, grammar, and the behavioural sciences2. From communitarian to interactive semantics3. A semantic ontology for dialogue4. Basic interaction in dialogue5. A grammar for dialogue6. Grounding and CRification7. Non-sentential utterances in conversation8. Extensions9. An interaction-oriented theory of meaningAppendixReferencesIndex

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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, andconvincingly demonstrates that grammar must link up directly with conversation." --Beishui Liao, Discourse Studies