Clause-combining and the sequencing of actions

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This paper extends recent discussions on projector constructions to another language (French), and to a further set of linguistic formats. I propose a reanalysis, in the light of the sequential organization of actions, of the <i>je veux dire</i> &#8216;I want to say&#8217;+ complement clause pattern, the <i>il y a</i> &#8216;there is&#8217; presentational cleft and the pseudocleft construction. I first identify a recurrent constructional schema consisting of an initial &#8216;fragment&#8217; (<i>je veux dire</i>, <i>il y a NP</i> or <i>ce qui/ce que x</i>) followed by a syntactically independent stretch of talk. I then show that these fragments routinely accomplish a specific social action, namely projecting upcoming talk. By means of these projector constructions, speakers recipient-design their turns, helping recipients to monitor through the complex architecture of talk. I conclude by discussing implications regarding the on-line character of grammar.


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