From Initial to Target State: The Dynamic Unfolding of Propositions

Information Structure in Spoken English - A Systemic Functional Linguistics View - Gerard O'Grady

Gerard O'Grady [+-]
Cardiff University
Gerard O'Grady is a professor in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University.

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Chapter 5 considers IS from a different perspective; namely predictability between classes of lexical items where an earlier item prospects a later one. In the chapter I outline a series of chaining rules which are supplemented by a number of formal devices and argue that they are sufficient to account for the dynamic and incremental flow of wordings and the chaining of tone groups in English as speakers achieve target state. The second part of the chapter reviews the concept of the mutuality of information and argues that speakers do not share information but rather signal their and their interlocutors’ unequal access to information/knowledge on a moment by moment basis.

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O'Grady, Gerard. From Initial to Target State: The Dynamic Unfolding of Propositions. Information Structure in Spoken English - A Systemic Functional Linguistics View. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2024. ISBN 9781800504912. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43962. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43962. Nov 2024

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