This research topic of yours – is it a research topic at all? Using comparative interactional data for a fine-grained reanalysis of traditional concepts

Date
2021
Authors
Ozerov, Pavel
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University of Hawai'i Press
Abstract
This paper demonstrates how bottom-up research on interactional data offers the opportunity of disentangling presumably basic linguistic notions into smaller primitives. Using parallel case studies on interrogatives and left dislocations from two unrelated languages (Modern Hebrew and Anal Naga), the paper shows how avoiding restrictive definitions and recurrently expanding the set of examples results in a revision of concepts, taken for granted at the beginning of the study. The findings emphasise the need for channelling corpus-based research into an interactionally-informed examination of the metalanguage employed for the analysis. They illustrate how studying a research topic and questioning the validity of the concepts that underlie it are part of the same process.
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interactional linguistics, topic, question, left dislocation
Citation
Ozerov, Pavel. 2021. This research topic of yours — Is it a research topic at all? Using comparative interactional data for a fine-grained reanalysis of traditional concepts. In Haig, Geoffrey & Schnell, Stefan & Seifart, Frank (eds.), Doing corpus-based typology with spoken language data: State of the art, 233–280. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.
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