Discourse Structure and Anaphora: Written and Conversational by Barbara A. Fox

By Barbara A. Fox

This considerate examine, proposing a unique analytical framework, examines using anaphora in either written and conversational discourse. particularly, it examines the distribution of pronouns and entire noun words in 3 diversified genres of English, and demonstrates the relationships among the hierarchical constitution of discourses and using anaphoric words inside these discourses.

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C. °Awhhh are you jhittin m//e? M. No I'm not. 8) C. What's his name. (AD:22) In this example, C produces a request for information at line 8, which M responds to with an offer (let me ask a guy at work). M then makes use of this offer to do something of a sly announcement (lines 19-22), in the form Downloaded from University Publishing Online. 250 on Tue Jan 24 20:30:52 GMT 2012. 004 28 Anaphora in conversational English of a self-repair. The relevant person is mentioned in this offer/announcement.

5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. H. Is//n't Peterson giving a, (•) talk t'day, S. IhS. Yeah// I'm s'posetuh go to it, H. 6) H. 2) S. No. H. O//h. When °izzit ( ). S. It's the three uh'clock seminar. H. °Oh. 2) S. 'n I have a class frm three tuh four en that leaves me in the Frieze Building at four te:n. 7) S. Trying to run through th'raiyn over tuh, H. 2) C'dn you skip French one day? 4) (S). 0) Downloaded from University Publishing Online. 250 on Tue Jan 24 20:30:52 GMT 2012.

Bye, Dianne? Yeah, OH I THOUGHT that w' z you, Uh-she's over et Gramma Lizie's fer a couple days. Oh okay, Notice that B initiates a closing of the conversation at line 4. A appears to accept the initiation at line 5, and B continues with the final closing at line 6; at this point we would expect A to produce a version of bye at line 7, after which both parties could conceivably hang up. As Schegloff and Sacks (1973: 317) note: Once properly initiated, a closing section may contain nothing but a terminal exchange and accomplish a proper closing thereby.

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