A Grammar of Spoken English Discourse: The Intonation of by Gerard O'Grady

By Gerard O'Grady

David Brazil's pioneering paintings at the grammar of spoken discourse ended at A Grammar Of Speech (1995) because of his premature loss of life. Gerard O'Grady selections up the baton during this booklet and checks the outline of used language opposed to a spoken corpus. He contains findings from the decade of corpus linguistics research, particularly relating words and lexical goods greater than unmarried orthographic phrases and ellipsis. He demonstrates the additional communicative value that the incorporation of 2 structures of intonation ('Key' and 'Termination') deliver to the grammar.

O'Grady stories the literature and covers the speculation sooner than relocating directly to a pragmatic, analytic part. His ultimate bankruptcy reports the arguments, maps the line forward and lays out the sensible functions of the grammar. The booklet may be of serious curiosity to researchers in utilized linguistics, discourse research and likewise EFL/ESL.

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All examples discussed in this section have extended tonic segments: tone units with more than one prominent syllable. Brazil (1997: 14) states that tone units with only one prominent syllable have minimal tonic segments. In minimal tonic segments there is no possibility of the independent selection of key and termination: they are concomitantly selected on the tonic syllable (ibid. 61). Brazil (ibid. 63) provides example (46): (46) // he’s ↑LOST // and argues that: In order to invite adjudication, he/she [a speaker] may attach unnecessary, but harmless contrastive implications to lost by reason of the concomitant high-key choice.

The relationship between pitch sequence endings and increments boundaries will be examined in Chapter 7. g. (45) // R and my friend just PUT her FOOT down // P and ↑SPED OFF // P as FAST as she ↓COULD // P ↓HAPpy to be ↓aLIVE // There are two pitch sequences in (45) the first of which ends with the word could. The second pitch sequence, a single tone unit, has initial low-key signalling that it is equivalent to the first pitch sequence; the speaker projects an understanding of the state of speaker/hearer convergence that the friend’s happiness to be alive is equal to the expectations which were previously generated by the discourse.

2. 10 A Review of A Grammar of Speech 25 3. open selectors in (33). Brazil (p. 251) states that open selectors consist of a number of elements which are classified ‘in various ways’ by a sentence grammar. He provides examples of open selectors such as who, when and because, and argues that what unites these disparate elements is that they defer a particular selection which is pertinent to the achievement of target state to later in the discourse. In a formal sense they serve to fill a slot which the chaining rules mandate must be filled (p.

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