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  • Syntax and music for interaction

    ‘Music-taking-predicate’ constructions in Hebrew musician-to-musician discourse

  • Author(s): Yuval Geva1ORCID icon
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    Affiliations: 1 University of Haifa
  • Source: Pragmatics
    Available online: 15 September 2023
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/prag.23033.gev
    • Received: 21 Jul 2023
    • Accepted: 01 Aug 2023
    • Version of Record published : 15 Sept 2023



Multimodal constructions which intertwine language and music are characteristic of the discourse of creative encounters among musicians. This interactional linguistic study reports on one such construction: the ‘music-taking-predicate’ (MTP) construction. MTP constructions consist of a projective verbal predicate, and a stretch of sung or played musical expression following it. Based on naturalistic video data of Hebrew-speaking musicians in rehearsals and production sessions, I show that instances of this construction emerge as formulae for the achievement of several interactional tasks integral to the process of joint music making.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keywords: music ; Hebrew ; CTP ; multimodal syntax ; interactional linguistics ; multimodality
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