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Speech Acts and Conversational Interaction


  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025294

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  • This book unites speech act theory and conversation analysis to advance a theory of conversational competence. It is predicated on the assumption that speech act theory, if it is to be of genuine empirical and theoretical significance, must be embedded within a general theory of conversational competence capable of accounting for how we do things with words in naturally occurring conversation, and it can usefully be seen as a synthesis of traditional speech act theory, conversation analysis, and artificial intelligence research in natural language processing. Michael L. Geis analyses a variety of naturally occurring conversations, presenting them within a framework of computational interest and within discourse representation theory. In particular, he offers an explicit mapping of semantic and pragmatic (i.e. speech-act-theoretic) meaning features and politeness features into so-called conventionalized indirect speech act forms.

    • Proposes a new theory of speech acts
    • Synthesises traditional speech act theory, conversation analysis, and artificial intelligence research
    • Offers a foundation for a theory of conversational competence
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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025294
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The nature of speech acts
    2. Meaning and force
    3. The structure of communicative interactions
    4. Interactional effects
    5. Indirect speech acts
    6. Conventions of use
    7. The structure of conversation
    8. Utterance generation

  • Author

    Michael L. Geis, Ohio State University

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