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date: 22 January 2021

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This article analyses the relation between conversation and grammaticalisation. It argues that what is on one occasion accomplished via a succession of actions can, on other occasions, be collapsed into a single speaker's turn. It discusses three case studies from present-day English conversation to substantiate this argument. It contends that a path of grammaticalisation from vertical to horizontal development like those hypothesized for Left dislocation, concession, and extraposition can be all the more plausible when we consider that there is evidence of a similar development for other bipartite structures such as conditionals and Right dislocations.

Keywords: conversation, grammaticalisation, action, single speaker, present-day English, Left dislocation, concession, extraposition, bipartite structures

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