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Discourse Strategies

Discourse Strategies

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Part of Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics

  • Date Published: September 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521288965
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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.

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    29th Oct 2013 by Riona728193

    It is an good book for me to know the relationship between code-switching and society,culture, and conversation. It provides the basic knowledge for me

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    • Date Published: September 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521288965
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    A note on conventions
    1. Introduction
    2. The sociolinguistics of interpersonal communication
    3. Social network and language shift
    4. Conversational code switching
    5. Prosody in conventions
    7. Socio-cultural knowledge in conversational inference
    8. Interethnic communication
    9. Ethnic style in political rhetoric
    10. Postscript
    Bibliography
    Author index
    Subject index.

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    John J. Gumperz, University of California, Berkeley

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