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Pro-forms as projective devices in interaction
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2175-8710
2011 (English)In: Discourse processes, ISSN 0163-853X, E-ISSN 1532-6950, Vol. 48, no 6, 404-431 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cataphoric pronouns have been characterized as being co-referential with a word that comes later. Considering that talk is produced in real time, with little benefit of knowing what is yet to come, participants understand cataphoric pro-forms to be projecting more talk. Projection is a crucial interactive resource, as it enables speakers to align with the ongoing talk and to initiate subsequent contributions in a timely manner. The study looks at how Estonian pro-forms are systematically used to project either a word (phrase) or a clause in interaction. The patterns discussed are not universal and it will be suggested that projecting word (phrases) with pro-forms is a characteristic of a nonprepositional language with no articles, and that pro-form projection can be especially useful in a free word order language. As many pro-forms do not end up with a co-referential word, projection provides a better account of their function. The article underlines the necessity of studying grammar as a temporal phenomenon.

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2011. Vol. 48, no 6, 404-431 p.
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73828DOI: 10.1080/0163853X.2011.559150OAI: diva2:477745
Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2014-01-13

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