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Dialogue and tradition: The open secret of language
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Language and Culture. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Grammar and dialogism: sequential, syntactic, and prosodic patterns between emergence and sedimentation / [ed] Susanne Günthner, Wolfgang Imo and Jörg Bücker, Berlin / Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2014, 1, 53-76 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is argued that a language, a langue in a modified Saussurean sense, is a regular outcome of conversation. Based on an analysis of a series of five Swedish telephone conversations, it is demonstrated through a turn-by-turn analysis of the first of these phone calls that an embedded and dynamic system of linguistic resources emerges in conversation and is stabilized in a tradition of conversations, and that the very methods which participants use to structure conversation - turn-taking, sequence organization, and repair - also structure conversation like a language.

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Berlin / Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2014, 1. 53-76 p.
, Linguistik - Impulse & Tendenzen, ISSN 1612-8702 ; 61
Keyword [en]
dialogue, interaction, emergence, linguistic structure, sedimentation, tradition
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111569ISBN: 978-3-11-035796-7OAI: diva2:758231
Available from: 2014-10-25 Created: 2014-10-25 Last updated: 2014-11-25Bibliographically approved

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