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How we talk : the inner workings of conversation

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  • ISBN: 9780465059942
  • ISBN: 0465059945
  • Physical Description: print
    ix, 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-243) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: What is language like? -- Conversation has rules -- Split-second thinking -- The one-second window -- Traffic signals -- The glue of relevance -- Repair -- The universal word: "Huh?" -- Conclusion: The capacity for language.
Summary, etc.: "We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language. Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance-signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally-and uniquely-human"--
Subject: Discourse analysis Psychological aspects
Conversation
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
Conversation
Discourse analysis Psychological aspects
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