The present study has been an attempt to portray an overview of argument encoding with the six major encoding types used in conversation. For this undertaking, it was necessary to elucidate the following two properties: the defining function of each encoding type and the interplay of the encoding types in the system. The analyses presented throughout — both qualitative and quantitative — have shown that both of the properties above are important for the integration of the encoding types as a unified system, because the speaker’s choice of encoding type is made not only as a function of the particular encoding type per se but also in relation with other encoding types.
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