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Self and Other in Dialogue

Romance Studies on Discourse and Interaction

Edited By Johan Gille and Coco Norén

This volume contains a collection of papers which deal with Romance linguistics from the perspective of discourse and interaction. Some contributions cover areas such as spoken corpora, speech and linguistic description, and phonetic aspects of speech. Others focus on multimodality, pragmatics, and conversation and discourse, and there are also contributions which deal with speech and sociolinguistics, and speech in multilingualism/bilingualism. This volume is multilingual, containing as it does contributions written in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

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This volume covers contributions from the Ninth GSCP (Gruppo di studi sulla comunicazione parlata) International Conference which took place in Stockholm and Uppsala in 2014. Scholars from different parts of the world came together to discuss the spoken varieties of the Romance languages, with papers being presented in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English. The contributions covered several thematic strands: spoken corpora; speech and linguistic description; phonetic aspects of speech; multimodality, pragmatics, conversation and discourse; speech and sociolinguistics; speech in multilingualism/bilingualism. This volume presents a number of selected papers from the conference, all of which focus on discursive, interactive or pragmatic aspects of language use.

In the first contribution Self-Other Interdependences in Dialogue, Per Linell addresses the fact that language use is not monological, but on the contrary includes not only the addressee but also present or absent third parties. He also stresses that languaging is by nature context bound, examining a range of phenomenon which demonstrates self-other interdependences. Taking Bakhtin as a starting point, the author concludes that there is a need for a theory of utterance-building that is based on partially shared agency that goes beyond classical dialogism.

In Italian Sì / No in Replies Between Polarity and Agreement: A First Inquiry on Corpus Data, Cecilia Andorno and Fabiana Rosi define the Italian sì / no as polarity particles that are used in similar ways in Romance languages to express agreement or disagreement after a positive question. In contrast, these languages behave...

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