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Coherence in Psychotic Discourse : Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics - Branca Telles Ribeiro

Coherence in Psychotic Discourse

Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

Hardcover Published: 23rd June 1994
ISBN: 9780195065978
Number Of Pages: 336

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This fascinating study explores the ways of establishing coherence in the discourse of a thought-disordered patient. Ribeiro analyzes the discourse between a doctor and a patient who is under an acute psychotic crisis, and then later, when the patient is deemed recovered. Ribeiro looks at how the participants jointly establish referential meaning, and how topic coherence is achieved or breaks down. She then considers how the participants convey superordinate messages, metamessages, and how the patient signals and assesses the frame of talk. Ribeiro concludes that psychotic discourse, while incoherent on the level of topic, may be coherent on another level--that of frame. Using sociolinguistic discourse analysis, conversational analysis, and frame analysis, with a dose of theory from contemporary cognitive psychology, Ribeiro's book demonstrates the importance of contextualization in interaction.

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"I know of no other work in this area that pays such close attention to the moment-by-moment linguistics and interactional work that can furnish the evidence required for a study of cross-cultural differences among psychoses. It is detailed studies like the present one that lay the groundwork on which to build cross-cultural comparisons."--Anthropological Linguistics "Ribeiro has written an intriguing book....Coherence in Psychotic Discourse stands as a solid exemplar of qualitative discourse analysis."--Language in Society

Transcription Conventions
Coherence in Psychotic Talkp. 3
Coherence in Psychotic Discoursep. 11
Psychotic Discourse: Thought or Talk Disorders?p. 14
Organization of This Studyp. 17
About the Psychiatric Interviewsp. 21
Definition of the Situationp. 21
Analyzing Recorded Interviewsp. 35
Analyzing Discourse: Frame and Topic Coherencep. 49
Analyzing Talk: Frame and Topicp. 50
Analyzing Talk in Interviewsp. 65
Conflicting Frames in the Discharge Interviewp. 77
The Dominant Framesp. 80
Negotiating Alternative Framesp. 97
Topic Coherence in the Discharge Interviewp. 121
A Topic Analysis of the Interviewp. 122
Topic and Coherencep. 134
Frames and Topicsp. 145
Topicality in the Admitting Interview: Where Coherence Breaks Downp. 155
On Establishing a Referentp. 157
Frame Analysis in the Admitting Interview: Where Coherence Emergesp. 191
The Institutional Frame of the Psychiatric Interview: "Dona Jurema, lets talk for a little while."p. 195
The Noninstitutional Frame of the Psychotic Crisis: "Mother, you know everything."p. 212
The Emergence of Consistent Texts in the Psychotic Fabricationp. 222
Toward Listeningp. 237
A Brief Discussionp. 238
Appendix A. Definitions of Language and Cognitive Behaviorsp. 245
Appendix B. Summary of the Patient's Stay in the Hospitalp. 249
Appendix C. The Discharge Interview: Topics, Subtopics, and Componentsp. 252
Appendix D. Transcriptsp. 258
Referencesp. 307
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780195065978
ISBN-10: 0195065972
Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 23rd June 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 16.31  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.74