Saturday, 16 May 2015

Martin's Insight That Interruptions Depend On There Being Something To Interrupt

Martin (1992: 156):
In addition, dependency structures were introduced to account for tracking and challenging moves which are not strongly predicted by initiations; indeed, interlocutors may formulate interacts so as to avoid them.  So while the tracking move in [3:101] depends on the interact it tracks, it is not expected by it.
K1  Ben won.
cf   — Who?
rcf  — Ben Johnson
K1f — Wow! 

Old Blogger Comments:

[1] As previously explained, the use of dependency (logical metafunction) for NEGOTIATION (interpersonal metafunction) creates a theoretical inconsistency. It misconstrues interpersonal meaning as ideational meaning.

[2] As previously explained, such dependency relations do not form structures; they merely obtain between units.

[3] To be clear, tracking and challenging moves are classified as interruptions to adjacency pairs (Martin 1992: 67).  Thus, Martin's claims here are simply that:
  • initiating moves don't "strongly predict" or "expect" interruptions, and 
  • interruptions "depend" on there being something to interrupt.

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