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It gave the whole theoretic discussion a very three dimensional touch. The emerging intertextual effect is 80 48 The principle unit of speech vocabulary more subtle and at the same time more fluid and transient than in the case of a quotation. It does not attract attention; the continuity of the discourse is not interrupted. The semantic implications, emotional tones, and verbal associations imported into a message by CFs appear faint and transient, like a procession of shades. They come and go, merge together or momentarily brush past each other, only to give way to a new wave of allusional shadows.
This makes the generic allusions produced by CFs maddeningly complex and elusive. An area of linguistic experience in which the distinction between CFs and quotations tends to be blurred is that of memories stemming from childhood and early adolescence. These memories often seem to be tied to the distinct situation out of which they had been drawn.
Our language memory from the years of childhood seems to contain an unusually high number of pieces of these trivia in the manner of precise quotations pinned down to distinct sources. Elias Canetti, in his memoir The Salvaged Tongue, tells the story of a dramatic linguistic shift that he experienced at the age of seven.
Until that 81 82 83 84 85 Anonymity 49 time, his family had lived in London, and he grew up as a monolingual English-speaking child earlier linguistic memories of the first eighteen months of his life, spent in Bulgaria, had completely faded away. Eager to make her son fit into the new environment as quickly as possible, she invented a peculiar method of teaching him German. Every morning, she wrote down thirty arbitrary sentences in German that he was supposed to memorize with absolute precision.
The slightest deviation from the text in his evening recital drew her bitter admonishment. After spending a rather nightmarish summer at these exercises, he was capable of entering school without being spotted as a foreigner, his accent being explicable as possibly coming from an obscure German dialect.
Eventually he grew up to become a Nobel-prize winning writer in German. It may be amassing the rigid, pinned-down, unequivocal recollections of childhood that gives to the native speaker his particularly clear vision of the boundaries in language use that can never be crossed without immediately attracting attention. Nonnative speakers can reach a high degree of richness, diversity, and flexibility in their knowledge of a language, but they may still lack the sharp focus on certain imperatives of language use founded in the imperative character of childhood experiences.
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This way, a remembered scene from childhood turns into a generic situation. Without losing the personal background stemming from individual memories, it becomes transferable from one speaker to another. Prefabricated shape The ready-made, prefabricated character of a CF implies that speakers do not need to assemble it anew each time a possibility of using it arises in speech. Whenever a speaker recalls a certain CF, it pops up in his memory as a whole, ready to be used.
The speaker may still consider whether to use this CF directly, or to make some modifications to it, or to put it aside and choose another one. But neither its basic composition nor its meaning pose any problem. I once observed a little boy on a bus from the aircraft to the air terminal. Fascinated by all the planes we were passing, he pointed to each of them in turn and exclaimed: Airplane!
Here was a child who seemed to have no use of the article yet; an isolated word sufficed for a whole communication.
I was struck by the perfect precision of this speech artifact, its chiseled-out structure, intonation, and rhythm, up to the typically colloquial enclitic conflation of the article with the preceding word: on-the. Had I, as a non-native speaker, had to produce this message myself, I would have had to brush, however fleetingly, with various constructional dilemmas: should the bus be treated like a car or like a train — that is, are we in the bus or on the bus? Should the described situation be perceived as immediately experienced or generic — in other words, are we on the bus or on a bus?
For the little native speaker, all these problems, as well as the means by which one might solve them, simply did not exist.
He produced the whole expression as a single familiar unit, the same way as the exclamation: Airplane! It has been noted in some recent studies, particularly in works on functional grammar, that our everyday spoken intercourse is woven from such ready-made turns of speech, which speakers produce, receive, tamper with, and adapt to the needs of the moment.
However, this phenomenon is by no means confined to the stylistic domain of informal oral speech. We find the same phenomenon as compellingly present in all other types of discourse, no matter how formal and complex. What distinguishes a more elaborate discourse from a nearly-formulaic dialogic exchange is not the absence of prefabricated speech units but the much higher degree of ingenuity required in order to weave them together.
Chafe Let us consider a speech artifact that is exceedingly remote from everyday spontaneous communication: 3. The pieces of prefabricated speech material woven into it are put together in a rather complicated way. But as far as those familiar pieces themselves are concerned, their production or reception should not pose any constructional or interpretational problems either to the writer or to the readers. Consider, for instance, the recognizable frame of the first half of the sentence: 3.
Not only is the fragment 3. To cite the continuation of the sentences 3. My point is not that speech is produced automatically, merely by retrieving the appropriate formulas from memory; such a contention would be manifestly absurd. What I am prepared to argue for is that whenever speakers proceed in their communicative efforts, they start not from elementary linguistic particles and abstract blueprints but from tangible ready-made fragments of speech. This, first of all, greatly facilitates and accelerates the process of speech production and reception.
For the speaking party, this means that most operations involving the selection of proper word forms and establishing proper syntactic connections have been executed beforehand in the composition of a prefabricated turn of speech.
The process of production proper starts at a higher level: it involves putting together larger blocks of speech and maintaining structural control over their junctions. For the receiving party, this means that reception does not proceed as a hierarchically organized decipherment — from phonemes to morphemes and words, and from word forms to phrases and sentences. Instead, the listener or reader anticipates segments of speech that are looming ahead by projecting whole blocks of speech after an initial prompt cf.
Harris Even if what follows does not match that anticipation precisely, it is always somehow related to it. Perhaps speakers do not dissolve speech into separate phonemes at all, since they are following speech by making leaps from one extended segment to another rather than as a linear succession of elementary units.
This ability of speakers becomes apparent when it is lacking, i.