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Discourse Strategies : Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics - John J. Gumperz

Discourse Strategies

Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics

Paperback Published: 3rd January 1983
ISBN: 9780521288965
Number Of Pages: 240

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To understand the role of language in public life and the social process in general, we need first a closer understanding of how linguistic knowledge and social factors interact in discourse interpretation. This volume is a major advance towards that understanding. Professor Gumperz here synthesizes fundamental research on communication from a wide variety of disciplines - linguistics, sociolinguistics, anthropology and non-verbal communication - and develops an original and broadly based theory of conversational inference which shows how verbal communication can serve either between individuals of different social and ethnic backgrounds. The urgent need to overcome such barriers to effective communication is also a central concern of the book. Examples of conversational exchanges as well as of longer encounters, recorded in the urban United States, village Austria, South Asia and Britain, and analyzed to illustrate all aspects of the analytical approach, and to show how subconscious cultural presuppositions can damagingly affect interpretation of intent and judgement of interspeaker attitude. The volume will be of central interest to anyone concerned with communication, whether from a more academic viewpoint or as a professional working, for example, in the fields of interethnic or industrial relations.

A note on conventions
The sociolinguistics of interpersonal communication
Social network and language shift
Conversational code switching
Prosody in conventions
Socio-cultural knowledge in conversational inference
Interethnic communication
Ethnic style in political rhetoric
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521288965
ISBN-10: 0521288967
Series: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 3rd January 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.3

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