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Responsibility and Evidence in Oral Discourse : Studies in the Social & Cultural Foundations of Language - Jane H. Hill

Responsibility and Evidence in Oral Discourse

Studies in the Social & Cultural Foundations of Language

By: Jane H. Hill (Editor), Judith T. Irvine (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd August 1993
ISBN: 9780521425292
Number Of Pages: 328

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Twelve articles by leading linguists and linguistic anthropologists develop an important series of case studies that show how ideas such as "responsibility," "agency," "authority," and "evidence" are simultaneously aspects of social meaning and implications of linguistic form. The studies show how speakers attribute responsibility for acts and situations, how particular forms of language and discourse relate to claims and disclaimers of responsibility, and how verbal acts are themselves social acts, subject to such attributions. This book will serve as a landmark volume in the study and analysis of oral discourse.

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"This book is an exceedingly important contribution to the understanding of the use of rhetorical devices in oral discourse...the volume as a whole gives us a rich, multicultural perspective on the impact of context and interaction in the construction of meaning." The Modern Language Journal "This very cohesive volume will be of particular interest to second language reserchers studying speech acts...All of the articles in this volume provide insights into a wide variety of authentic speech events and speech acts." Susan Fiksdal, Studies in Second Language Acquisitions

List of figures and tablesp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Intentions, self, and responsibility: an essay in Samoan ethnopragmaticsp. 24
Meaning without intention: lessons from divinationp. 48
Seneca speaking styles and the location of authorityp. 72
Obligations to the word: ritual speech, performance, and responsibility among the Weyewap. 88
Insult and responsibility: verbal abuse in a Wolof villagep. 105
"Get outa my face": entitlement and authoritative discoursep. 135
Reported speech and affect on Nukulaelae Atollp. 161
Disclaimers of performancep. 182
Mrs. Patricio's trouble: the distribution of responsibility in an account of personal experiencep. 197
The grammaticalization of responsibility and evidence: interactional manipulation of evidential categories in Newarip. 226
Evidentiary standards for American trials: just the factsp. 248
Recollections of fieldwork conversations, or authorial difficulties in anthropological writingp. 260
Referencesp. 289
Index of subjectsp. 306
Index of namesp. 313
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ISBN: 9780521425292
ISBN-10: 0521425298
Series: Studies in the Social & Cultural Foundations of Language
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 2nd August 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.29  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46

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