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Pro-forms as projective devices in interaction
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages, Finno-Ugric Languages.
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 non-prepositional 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 paper 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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pro-forms, cataphoric pronouns, projection, grammar in interaction, Estonian
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132484DOI: 10.1080/0163853X.2011.559150ISI: 000299041900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-132484DiVA: diva2:358147
Available from: 2010-10-21 Created: 2010-10-21 Last updated: 2012-04-03Bibliographically approved

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