|Author(s)||Wei Wang, Hongyin Tao|
|Title||From matrix clause to turn expansion: The emergence of wo juede ‘I feel/think’ in Mandarin conversational interaction|
|Editor(s)||Yael Maschler, Simona Pekarek Doehler, Jan Lindström, Leelo Keevallik|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Mandarin, Turn-expansion, Interactional linguistics, Grammar, Clauses|
|Book title||Emergent Syntax for Conversation: Clausal patterns and the organization of action|
One way complex clauses manifest themselves is through a combination of a matrix clause and a complement clause. However, matrix clauses as represented by constructions such as I think have been widely reported to undergo grammaticization, whereby they become a marker indicating the speaker’s epistemic stance. This has also been identified for Mandarin Chinese. In this chapter, however, we report that wo juede ‘I feel/think’ in Mandarin has developed a conversation interactional function that extends turns-at-talk – a phenomenon that has not yet received much attention in the Chinese literature on talk in interaction. By providing an account for the link between the epistemic/evaluative uses and the turn-expansion function of the erstwhile matrix clause, this paper brings in an extended, interactional dimension to the study of clause-combining.