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Linguistic structures emerging in the synchronization of a pilates class

Authors
  • Keevallik, Leelo
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1075/slsi.33.06kee
OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-168934
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

This chapter targets grammar in the interactive process between a Pilates teacher and the exercising students, an activity context in which instruction and compli- ance can be designed to merge in time. It shows how linguistic structure, such as counts, formula, and phrases, emerges step-by-step sensitively to the others’ cur- rently moving bodies. At the same time, the situation-designed structures direct the students through the partially known moves. In contrast to formal theories that consider grammar as a device for coherent expression of propositions, this study argues that grammatical structure emerges through recurrent use in a spe- cific activity context. The video-recorded data is in Estonian.

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