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On making syntax dynamic: The challenge of compound utterances and the architecture of the grammar

  • Gregoromichelaki, Eleni
  • Kempson, Ruth
  • Howes, Christine
  • Eshghi, Arash
Abstract:
The Pickering and Garrod model (2013) represents a significant advance within the language-as-action paradigm in providing a mechanistic non-inferential account of dialogue. However, we suggest that, in maintaining several aspects of the language-as-product tradition, it does not go far enough in addressing the dynamic nature of the mechanisms involved. We argue for a radical extension of the language-as-action account, showing how compound-utterance phenomena necessitate a grammar-internal characterization which can only be met with a shift of perspective into one in which linguistic knowledge is seen as procedural. This shift provides a more psychologically plausible model of language-in-use, a basis for allowing intentions and speech-acts to be co-constructed, as well as a computationally tractable basis for dialogue models.
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Year:
2013
Type of Publication:
In Collection
JRESEARCH_BOOK_TITLE:
Alignment in Communication: Towards a New Theory of Communication
Publisher:
John Benjamin
Editor:
Ipke Wachsmuth and Jan de Ruiter and Petra Jaecks and Stefan Kopp
Pages:
57-85
ISBN:
978-90-27204-60-8
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