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Reporting Talk


  • Page extent: 306 pages
  • Size: 229 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521154567)

Reported speech, whereby we quote the words of others, is used in many different types of interaction. In this revealing study, a team of leading experts explore how reported speech is designed, the actions it is used to perform, and how it fits into the environments in which it is used. Using contemporary techniques of conversation analysis, the authors show how speech is reported in a wide range of contexts - including ordinary conversation, storytelling, news interviews, courtroom trials and medium-sitter interactions. Providing detailed analyses of reported speech in naturallyoccurring talk, the authors examine existing linguistic and sociological studies, and offer some insights into the phenomenon. Bringing together work from the most recent investigations in conversation analysis, this book will be invaluable to all those interested in the study of interaction, in particular how we report the speech of others, and the different forms this can take.

• Draws on investigations and techniques in conversation analysis • Provides detailed analyses of reported speech in naturally occurring interaction • Looks at reported speech in a wide range of contexts, and in three different languages


1. Introduction Rebecca Clift and Elizabeth Holt; 2. Interactive footing Charles Goodwin; 3. 'I'm eyeing your chop up mind': reporting and enacting Elizabeth Holt; 4. Assessing and accounting Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen; 5. Getting there first: non-narrative reported speech in interaction Rebecca Clift; 6. Reported thought in complaint stories Markku Haakana; 7. Designing contexts for reporting tactical talk John Rae and Joanne Kerby; 8. Active voicing in court Renata Galatolo; 9. Speaking on behalf of the public in broadcast news interviews Steven E. Clayman; 10. The dead in service of the living Robin Wooffit.


Charles Goodwin, Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, Markku Haakana, John Rae, Joanne Kerby, Renata Galatolo, Steven E. Clayman, Robin Wooffit

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