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Functions of Post-posed Adverbial Clauses in Korean Conversation

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Authors
Kim, Haeyeon
Issue Date
2003
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.39 No.4, pp. 911-932
Keywords
word order variabilitypost-posed adverbial clausesafterthoughtrecipient uptakerecipient designretroactive reformulation
Abstract
In discourse analysis, post-posed adverbial clauses (PACs) as instances of word order variability have been discussed from textual and cognitive perspectives. In recent years, interaction-based research on turn increments has provided a new opportunity for reconsidering word order variability in interactional and sequential contexts. This research explores properties of PACs in Korean conversation from an interaction-based perspective. Arguing against the text-based notion "afterthought" derived from text-organization and information status, this research shows that an interaction-based explanation can provide a better way of understanding word-order variability than does a text-based notion. It shows that the occurrence of PAC turn extensions is closely related to the following interactional contingencies: (i) pursuing recipient uptake, (ii) motivation of presenting an ungently relevant material first, and (iii) recipient design. In addition, this research shows PACs perform the following functions: (0 providing additional, specific, circumstantial information to the host sentential TCU, (ii) performing an action of retroactive reformulation, and (iii) providing an account or explanation for the statement/claim expressed in the host TCU. Finally, it suggests that an interaction-based explanation of word order variability can show the relationship between conversation, social actions, and grammar.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86258
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 39 Number 1/4 (2003)
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