Directives in the construction site: Grammatical design and work phases in second language interactions with crane operators
Journal article by Pawel Urbanik in Journal of Pragmatics, published online June 2021.
The paper investigates directives addressed to tower crane operators by a construction worker. By examining grammatical variation in connection with load relocation tasks, the study shows how the design and the sequential positioning of directive turns vary systematically according to a particular phase of the work task and the overall structural organization of the activity. The worker's selection of lexico-syntactic forms and embodied actions displays an orientation to the different stages of the work task being carried out. The sequential, compositional and morpho-syntactic differences in the formation of directives serve to manage and display task progressivity. The worker speaks L2 Norwegian with several unidiomatic features, but nonetheless displays a systematic differentiation between the forms in orienting to the sequential and phase-structural characteristics of the actions being performed.
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