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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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Sentence grammar vs. thetical grammar: Two competing domains?

Sentence grammar vs. thetical grammar: Two competing domains?

(p.348) 21 Sentence grammar vs. thetical grammar: Two competing domains?
Competing Motivations in Grammar and Usage

Gunther Kaltenböck

Bernd Heine

Oxford University Press

The main goal of this chapter is to argue that linguistic discourse organization operates on two different planes, involving two different domains, namely Sentence Grammar and Thetical Grammar. Each of the two domains has its own internal organization, and the two tend to be separated from one another syntactically, prosodically, and semantically. Building on recent research on parenthetical structures, the chapter aims on the one hand to define the main characteristics of the two domains; on the other hand, it looks into the question of how the two compete in the construction of utterances.

Keywords:   cooptation, discourse grammar, discourse setting, non‐restrictive meaning, parenthetical, sentence grammar, situation of discourse, speaker–hearer interaction, thetical grammar

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