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When one investigates the use of syntactically unintegrated att-clauses in actual use in authentic conversations in Swedish, it becomes quite clear that we are dealing with two different constructions or patterns: one which rephrases something said and one which expands the line of reasoning by relating to something said. Through the process of abstraction the two types of clauses can be seen as forming a more general construction: syntactically unintegrated att-clauses which relate to the preceding discourse and elaborate upon it. As argued by Langacker (2000: 35; cf. also Fillmore 1989: 33; Croft 2001: 5), the more specific constructions at the lowest levels of language, in this case att-clauses with a rephrasing function and att-clauses with a reasoning function, must, however, be seen as primary to such an abstract and more general construction.

Data

GRIS = The kernel corpus of Swedish conversations made available within the project Samtals- sprakets grammatik (Grammar in conversation: a study of Swedish), see http://www.tema. liu.se/tema-k/gris/.

GSM = The corpus of group discussions with teenagers made available within the project Gymnasisters sprak- och musikvarldar (The Language and Music Worlds of High School Students). Department of music sciences and Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg.

SAM = The corpus of Helsinki Swedish conversations made available in the project Svenska samtal i Helsingfors (Swedish conversations in Helsinki). Department of Finnish, Finno- Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki.

 
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