Table of Contents

FROM DISCOURSE PROCESS TO GRAMMATICAL CONSTRUCTION; Editorial page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Preface; Table of contents; Chapter 1. Theoretical Preliminaries; Chapter 2. Referent-Introduction (I): Interaction; Chapter 3. Referent-Introduction (II): Recoverability; Chapter 4. Referent-Introduction (III): Topicality; Chapter 5. Other Functions of LD; Chapter 6. Prosodie Aspects of LD; Chapter 7. LD in Other Discourse Types; Chapter 8. A Broader Perspective; Chapter 9. General Conclusion; Notes; Appendices; References; Subject Index; Author Index. This study deals with interactional processes in conversational discourse, and the way they may get 'syntacticized' into grammatical constructions. It investigates the link between discourse function and syntactic form, and the ways in which grammatical form is a reflection on communicative function, through examining the communicative functions of Left-Dislocation in English. The investigation is corpus-based, and focuses on spontaneous conversation, but other discourse types are also taken into account. The overall perspective is resolutely empirical, and preconceptions about the possible fu.