Grammar in Interaction
Adverbial Clauses in American English Conversations
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Grammar in Interaction by Cecilia E. Ford
Book DescriptionCecilia 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 coordinate 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521418034
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Apr-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Cecilia E. Ford
Women Speaking Up, Hardback (April 2008)
Countering popular myths of women's deficiencies in communicating in traditionally male professions, the author uses women's talk to illustrate the interactional skills required to contribute effectively to workplace meetings, and presents new insights on the organization of talk in meetings while celebrating women's clear competence.
Grammar in Interaction, Paperback (November 2005)
Cecilia E. Ford explores the question: what work do adverbial clauses do in conversational interaction?
Language of Turn and Sequence, Hardback (January 2002)» View all books by Cecilia E. Ford
This collection of previously unpublished research discusses the conversation analysis (CA) approach to understanding language use. The unifying theme of the chapters is the intersection of practice and form through the construction of turns and sequences.
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