ERIC Number: ED277220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Impromptu Speech, Structure, and Process.
Enkvist, Nils Erik
Impromptu speech can be defined in different ways: in terms of situational context, linguistic characteristics, and real-time processing. These approaches are not contradictory. There are certain situations that call for rapid processing of spoken discourse, and the needs of that processing are reflected in the structure of the text. The degree of "impromptuness" depends on a number of parameters including degree of scripting, extent of planning-span, and boundness to traditional macrostructural text patterns. Texts emerging from impromptu-speech situations present special problems for the linguist, who must learn to manage a host of problems often dismissed as involving performance rather than competence. One way of approaching such problems is to focus on processes involved in communication and text comprehension, and not only on the structure of texts as such. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Spontaneous Speech
Note: In: Enkvist, Nils Erik, Ed. Impromptu Speech: A Symposium. Papers Contributed to a Symposium on Problems in the Linguistic Study of Impromptu Speech (Abo, Finland, November 20-22, 1981); see FL 016 148.