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Competing Motivations in Grammar and Usage$
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Brian MacWhinney, Andrej Malchukov, and Edith Moravcsik

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198709848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709848.001.0001

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Formal vs. functional motivations for the structure of self‐repair in German

Formal vs. functional motivations for the structure of self‐repair in German

(p.229) 14 Formal vs. functional motivations for the structure of self‐repair in German
Competing Motivations in Grammar and Usage

Martin Pfeiffer

Oxford University Press

In recent years, comparative studies in interactional linguistics have shown that the syntactic organization of self‐repair is influenced by the different morphosyntactic characteristics of the respective languages. However, it is yet largely unknown to what extent functional motivations compete with formal motivations in determining the syntax of self‐repair in a specific language. By focusing on the influence of the cognitive and interactional needs of speakers and hearers on the structure of self‐repair, this chapter addresses an aspect of self‐repair that has not yet been subject to systematic investigation. Applying a competing motivations model (cf. Du Bois 1985), it will be demonstrated how formal (grammatical) and functional (cognitive and interactional) motivations shape the structure of different types of self‐repair.

Keywords:   self‐repair, spoken language, interactional linguistics, online syntax, retraction, morphosyntax, prepositional phrase, German, semantic repair, phonological repair

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