Wallace L. Chafe

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Comparative analysis of spoken and written versions of a narrative demonstrates (I) that features which have been identified as characterizing oral discourse are also found in written discourse. and (2) that the written short story combines syntactic complexity expected in writing with features which create involvement expected in speaking. Quint­(More)
I will try to summarize here a few ideas and questions that have arisen from efforts over the past few years to develop a model of what I call verbalization: the set of processes by which a person converts nonverbal knowledge into a verbal output. I have been thinking mainly in terms of a person who has experienced somethin~ which he later decides to tell(More)
Modern functionalist approaches to syntax were pioneered in the s by the scholars associated with the Linguistic Circle of Prague and Prague-based functionalism is a dynamic force today. Nevertheless, citations of this work by North American functionalists are few and far between. This paper sets out to explain that state of affairs. It pinpoints the(More)
  • Kari Bender, Bibliography Cameron, Fiona Deborah, Kathy Mcalinden, Leary O, Du Bois +7 others
  • 2013
This paper analyzes the functions and implications of tag questions in discourse, particularly questions using the subject " it " and the verb " is ". Specifically, we look at why a discourse participant chooses to use a tag like " Is it? " over its negation, " Isn't it? " , and vice versa. For example It's gone, isn't it? It's gone, is it? are two(More)
Recently there has developed a great deal of interest in the differences between written and spoken language. I joined this trend a little more than a year ago, and have been exploring not only what the specific differences are, but also the reasons why they might exist. The approach I have taken has been to look for differences between the situations and(More)
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