Grammatical participation: A dialogue-first account of grammatical categories

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This volume argues that the notion of participation is fundamental to language and grammar at any level of analysis: not only in the Goffmanian sense of participatory frameworks in conversation, but for the basic characterisation of every known grammatical category. In developing this argument it proposes novel solutions for longstanding linguistic debates around the relation between contextualised speech and grammatical structures, the value of spontaneous speech versus elicited/written data and the difference between basic grammatical categories such as argument structure and clause types as opposed to indexing and expressive categories relating to epistemicity, stance and information structure. The volume also sketches a theory for fully integrating participation into grammatical description and suggests that this theory may help unify approaches to language as diverse as Interactional Linguistics, functional grammar and generative cartographic syntax.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLanguage Science Press
Publication statusIn preparation - 2023
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Publication series

NameConceptual Foundations of Language Science

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