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Rethinking Context : Language as an Interactive Phenomenon - Alessandro Duranti

Rethinking Context

Language as an Interactive Phenomenon

Paperback Published: 20th July 1992
ISBN: 9780521422888
Number Of Pages: 372

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The past decade has seen a fundamental rethinking of the concept of context. Rather than functioning solely as a constraint on linguistic performance, context is now analyzed as a product of language use. Language and context are seen as interactively defined phenomena. The essays in this collection, written by many of the leading figures in the social sciences, critically reexamine the concept of context from a variety of different angles and propose new ways of thinking about it with reference to specific human activities such as face-to-face interaction, radio talk, medical diagnosis, political encounters and socialization practices. The editors have provided introductions to each essay as well as a general overview of the issues under debate.

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"This collection of extremely well-written and well-argued essays will have a broad appeal for students of language, interaction, coversation analysis, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics. This book will be useful for graduate courses in those areas, as well as in qualitative methodology, because defining and understanding context are important for qualitative research, not just that which directly focuses on language use." Angela Garcia, Contemporary Sociology "The perspectives represented in the volume are wide-ranging and impressive...The editors, in particular, and their contributors have done the field a service by offering it this volume, the most successful and thought-provoking collection of papers by various researchers that I have seen in some time." Keith Walters, Anthropological Linguistics "...a highly useful demonstration of both the numerous versions of context available in the literature and the importance of being precise in what one means by the term in any particular instance." Gary D. Prideaux, Canadian Journal of Linguistics

List of contributorsp. viii
Rethinking context: an introductionp. 1
The indexical ground of deictic referencep. 43
Language in context and language as context: the Samoan respect vocabularyp. 77
Context contests: debatable truth statements on Tanna (Vanuatu)p. 101
Contextualization, tradition, and the dialogue of genres: Icelandic legends of the kraftaskaldp. 125
Assessments and the construction of contextp. 147
In another contextp. 191
Contextualization and understandingp. 229
Contextualization in Kalapalo narrativesp. 253
Radio talk-show therapy and the pragmatics of possible worldsp. 271
The interpenetration of communicative contexts: examples from medical encountersp. 291
The routinization of repair in courtroom discoursep. 311
The negotiation of context in face-to-face interactionp. 323
Indexing genderp. 335
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780521422888
ISBN-10: 0521422884
Series: Studies in the Social & Cultural Foundations of Language
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 20th July 1992
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 15.27  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.6

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