The syntax of written language has been described more or less exhaustively in mainstream grammar. The grammar of spoken language, in contrast, is still too often considered to be full of flaws. In this course we will see that even in spontaneous conversation syntax is orderly and regular in its adaptation to the requirements of spoken language. Against the background of major differences between the spoken and the written medium, we will explore their consequences for producing grammar for spoken interaction. Particular emphasis will be put on the approaches of Interactional Linguistics and Construction Grammar. We will compare some of their findings on selected syntactic constructions with the descriptions traditional grammar offers. At the same time, participants will be introduced to basic concepts in the description of syntax in spoken language such as on-line syntax, turn-constructional units, projection and collaborative completion.
Literature: A reading list will be announced at the beginning of term.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Introduction to synchronic Linguistics I & II (GLin).