From cognitive-functional linguistics to dialogic syntax

John W. Du Bois*, Rachel Giora

*Corresponding author for this work

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Dialogic syntax investigates the linguistic, cognitive, and interactional processes involved when language users reproduce selected aspects of a prior utterance, and when recipients respond to the parallelisms and resonances that result, drawing inferences for situated meaning. The phenomenon typically arises when a language user constructs an utterance modeled in part on the utterance of a prior speaker or author. The result is resonance, defined as the catalytic activation of affinities across utterances. This paper presents the concept of dialogic syntax and outlines some directions of current research on dialogic resonance, as represented in this Special Issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-357
Number of pages7
JournalCognitive Linguistics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2014


  • affinities
  • cognitive-functional linguistics
  • dialogic syntax
  • dialogicality
  • parallelism
  • priming
  • resonance


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