|Title||Dialogue and tradition: The open secret of language|
|Editor(s)||Susanne Günther, Wolfgang Imo, Jörg Bücker|
|Tag(s)||Repair, Turn-taking, Sequence organization, Emergence, Grammar|
|Publisher||De Gruyter Mouton|
|Series||Linguistik — Impulse & Tendenzen|
|Book title||Grammar and Dialogism: Sequential, Syntactic, and Prosodic Patterns between Emergence and Sedimentation|
It is argued that a language, a langue in a modified Saussurean sense, is a regular outcome of conversation. Based on an analysis of a series of five Swedish telephone conversations, it is demonstrated through a turn-by-turn analysis of the first of these phone calls that an embedded and dynamic system of linguistic resources emerges in conversation and is stabilized in a tradition of conversations, and that the very methods which participants use to structure conversation - turn-taking, sequence organization, and repair – also structure conversation like a language.