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Talking Voices
Repetition, Dialogue, and Imagery in Conversational Discourse

2nd Edition

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Part of Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics

  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521868907

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  • Written in readable, vivid, non-technical prose, this book, first published in 2007, presents the highly respected scholarly research that forms the foundation for Deborah Tannen's best-selling books about the role of language in human relationships. It provides a clear framework for understanding how ordinary conversation works to create meaning and establish relationships. A significant theoretical and methodological contribution to both linguistic and literary analysis, it uses transcripts of tape-recorded conversation to demonstrate that everyday conversation is made of features that are associated with literary discourse: repetition, dialogue, and details that create imagery. This second edition features a new introduction in which the author shows the relationship between this groundbreaking work and the research that has appeared since its original publication in 1989. In particular, she shows its relevance to the contemporary topic 'intertextuality', and provides a useful summary of research on that topic.

    • Written in highly readable, mostly non-technical language
    • Of interest to anyone engaged in the study of everyday language
    • By showing the relationship between everyday conversation and literary discourse, it will be welcomed by students of literature as well as language
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521868907
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Overview of chapters
    Discourse analysis
    2. Involvement in discourse
    Sound and sense in discourse
    Involvement strategies
    Scenes and music in creating involvement
    3. Repetition in conversation: toward a poetics of talk
    Theoretical implications of repetition
    Repetition in discourse
    Functions of repetition in conversation
    Repetition and variation in conversation
    Examples of functions of repetition
    The range of repetition in a segment of conversation
    Individual and cultural differences
    Other genres
    The automaticity of repetition
    The drive to imitate
    4. 'Oh talking voice that is so sweet': constructing dialogue in conversation
    Reported speech and dialogue
    Dialogue in storytelling
    Reported criticism in conversation
    Reported speech is constructed dialogue
    Constructed dialogue in a conversational narrative
    Modern Greek stories
    Brazilian narrative
    Dialogue in writers' conversation
    5. Imagining worlds: imagery and detail in conversation and other genres
    The role of details and images in creating involvement
    Details in conversation
    Images and details in narrative
    Nonnarrative or quasinarrative conversational discourse
    Rapport through telling details
    The intimacy of details
    Spoken literary discourse
    Written discourse
    High-involvement writing
    When details don't work or work for ill
    6. Involvement strategies in consort: literary non-fiction and political oratory
    Thinking with feeling
    Literary non-fiction
    Speaking and writing with involvement
    Involvement in political oratory
    7. Afterword: toward a humanistic linguistics
    Appendix I. Sources of examples
    Appendix II. Transcription conventions
    List of references
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Language and Literacy Development
    • Language, Culture and Society
    • Linguistics of Reading
    • The Ethnography of Communication
  • Author

    Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. She has published twenty books and over 100 articles on such topics as family discourse, spoken and written language, cross-cultural communication, modern Greek discourse, the poetics of everyday conversation, the relationship between conversational and literary discourse, gender and language, workplace interaction, agonism in public discourse, and doctor-patient communication.

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