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Spontaneous Spoken Language


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Table of Contents

1: Introduction
2: Sentences and Clauses
3: Clauses: Type, Combination, and Integration
4: Noun Phrases: Complexity and Configuration
5: Focus Constructions
6: Focusing Constructions: Clefts and like
7: Historical Linguistics and Typology
8: Written Language, First Language Acquisition, and Education


`In this book [Miller and Weinert] not only argue strongly for the importance of the distinction between spontaneous speech and written language, but also demonstrate effectively its direct and central relevance to such areas of linguistic theory as historical change and language acquisition.'
Australian Journal of Linguistics, vol.21
`many nuggets of valuable information and analysis ... The authors display thorough knowledge and understanding of both formal and funtional linguistics and have bravely taken on the mantle of bridge-builders. With their rich data base and close analyses, they show that the convergence of views which is detectable in contemporary linguistics can be profitably put into practice.'
J.Lachlan Mackenzie, Linguistics, Vol.37, 2001

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