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See Appendix 1 for a complete index of the conventions used. 2 Portions of the data analysed in the present work The portions of the corpus which are of most interest to the present study are the spontaneous, unplanned conversation excerpts. There are two reasons for this, as discussed in what follows. First, from a practical point of view, spontaneous, unplanned conversations constitute the largest category of material in the corpus – 50% of the total data collected. Selecting this type of data for the analysis presents two advantages: (1) having access to more data, (2) having access to enough variety in the data, that is, being able to include excerpts from speakers with various socio-economic variables (such as varying levels of education, background, age, and so on).

A second type of problem involves deciding whether a particular portion of discourse belongs with one clause or another, depending on whether it forms a separate intonation unit or not. This is exemplified in (18). 33 (18) (from WSC, DPC127:0990-1015) Two female speakers discuss the reading of a short story on the radio – the story turns out to be written by the mother of one of the speakers – and the events surrounding the time when the reading took place. PC: oh ,, & 5 /& softly oh /softly , no it just rings a bell that mum had sent something drawls in /drawls and that latch HL: → mm { [ and .

Coherence relations (say, as part of a discourse representation theory) must apply to clauses and indeed phrases, and sentences are not necessary (Miller, 1996b, p. 126). 19 Given the additional facts that interconnected clauses found in speech may sometimes not occur directly next to each other, or in the same intonation contour, or even the same turn, and further still, they may be uttered by different speakers (Miller and Weinert, 1998, Chapter 2), a rather strong case emerges against the use of sentences as units of analysis in speech.

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