Spontaneous Spoken Discourse
Chapter 23, Spontaneous Spoken Discourse, is our effort to pull some of the most important psychological characteristics of language use together so as to vindicate our own theoretical perspective regarding spontaneous spoken discourse. Its orderliness is not determined uniquely by syntactic (sentential) well-formedness. It transcends such a lawfulness derived only from the written with a complex orderliness to be found in the very elements and components we have here depicted. Above all, intersubjectivity, perspectivity, open-endedness, and verbal integrity offer to the psychology of language use the purview necessary to engage human spoken interaction empirically. Our conclusion then must be that a comprehensive and adequate engagement is otherwise not possible.
In the spirit expressed by Rommetveit in our epigraph for this chapter, we can formulate the questions: Is syntax a valid starting point for an analysis of the structure and functions of spontaneous...