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Rethinking Context

Rethinking Context
Language as an Interactive Phenomenon

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Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language

Charles Goodwin, Alessandro Duranti, William F. Hanks, Alessandro Duranti, Lamont Lindstrom, Richard Bauman, Charles Goodwin, Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Emanuel A. Schegloff, John Gumperz, Ellen Basso, Frank Gaik, Aaron Cicourel, Susan U. Philips, Adam Kendon, Elinor Ochs
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  • Date Published: May 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521422888

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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.

    • Leading social scientists reconsider the function and place of context, now recognised as a product of language use, as well as a constraint upon it
    • The editors preface each section with an account of the theory and methodology behind the analyses, which include considerations of radio-talk, medical diagnosis and socialisation practices
    • Of considerable interest to those in linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, conversation analysis, and the sociology of language
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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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521422888
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Rethinking Context: an introduction Charles Goodwin, and Alessandro Duranti
    2. The indexical ground of Deictic Reference William F. Hanks
    3. Language in context and language as context: the Samoan respect vocabulary Alessandro Duranti
    4. Context contests: debatable truth statements on Tanna (Vanuatu) Lamont Lindstrom
    5. Contextualization, tradition, and the dialogue of contexts: Icelandic Legends of the Kraftaskald Richard Bauman
    6. Assessments and the construction of context Charles Goodwin, and Marjorie Harness Goodwin
    7. In another context Emanuel A. Schegloff
    8. Contextualization and understanding John Gumperz
    9. Contextualization in Kalapalo narratives Ellen Basso
    10. Radio talk-show therapy and the pragmatics of possible worlds Frank Gaik
    11. The interpenetration of communicative contexts: examples from medical encounters Aaron Cicourel
    12. The routinization of repair in courtroom discourse Susan U. Philips
    13. The negotiation of context in face-to-face interaction Adam Kendon
    14. Indexing gender Elinor Ochs.

  • Editors

    Alessandro Duranti

    Charles Goodwin


    Charles Goodwin, Alessandro Duranti, William F. Hanks, Alessandro Duranti, Lamont Lindstrom, Richard Bauman, Charles Goodwin, Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Emanuel A. Schegloff, John Gumperz, Ellen Basso, Frank Gaik, Aaron Cicourel, Susan U. Philips, Adam Kendon, Elinor Ochs

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