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Book: Information Structure in Spoken English

Chapter: Data Analysis

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43962


The model will be tested and revised by examining spoken data. This will be a contextualised and qualitative analysis and while I will employ corpora such as IVIE and London-Lund (hopefully version 2) as well as other extracts of speech from a range of genres I will not employ corpus linguistic methods. This is because I am uninterested in frequency but am rather interested in how speakers in different contexts negotiate their common understandings. To study I need extended extracts accompanied by relevant sound files from different genres. This chapter will show how speakers can if needed manipulate information structure at the scales of (i) identification/activation and (ii) establishing common ground.

Chapter Contributors

  • Gerard O'Grady ( - gogrady) 'Cardiff University'