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Interactional Linguistics

Interactional Linguistics
An Introduction to Language in Social Interaction

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  • Publication planned for: December 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107616035

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  • The first textbook dedicated to interactional linguistics, focusing on linguistic analyses of conversational phenomena, this introduction provides an overview of the theory and methodology of interactional linguistics. Reviewing recent findings on linguistic practices used in turn construction and turn taking, repair, action formation, ascription, and sequence and topic organization, the book examines the way that linguistic units of varying size - sentences, clauses, phrases, clause combinations, and particles - are mobilized for the implementation of specific actions in talk-in-interaction. A final chapter discusses the implications of an interactional perspective for our understanding of language as well as its variation, diversity, and universality. Supplementary online chapters explore additional topics such as the linguistic organization of preference, stance, footing, and storytelling, as well as the use of prosody and phonetics, and further practices with language. Featuring summary boxes and transcripts from recordings of everyday conversation, this is an essential resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses on language in social interaction.

    • The first textbook dedicated to interactional linguistics, focusing on linguistic analyses of conversational phenomena
    • Provides an overview of the theory and methodology of interactional linguistics, enabling students to understand how it differs from other approaches to the study of language
    • Summary boxes provide synopses of the most important points in sections, allowing students to focus on the central issues in each chapter
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    • Publication planned for: December 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107616035
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2017
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is interactional linguistics?
    Part I. How Is Interaction Conducted with Lightening Sources?:
    2. Turn construction and turn taking
    3. Repair
    4. Action formation and ascription
    5. Topic and sequence
    Part II. How are Linguistic Resources Deployed in Interaction?
    6. Sentences, clauses, and phrases
    7. Clause combinations
    8. One-word constructions: particles
    9. Implications for language theory.

  • Authors

    Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, University of Helsinki
    Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen is Distinguished Professor (emerita) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has published widely on prosody and grammar in interaction; in addition to numerous journal articles, she has authored, co-authored and co-edited many volumes on interactional linguistics, including Prosody in Conversation (with Margret Selting, Cambridge, 1996) and Studies in Interactional Linguistics (with Margret Selting, Cambridge, 2001).

    Margret Selting, Universität Potsdam, Germany
    Margret Selting is Professor of Linguistics and Communication Theory at Universität Potsdam, Germany. She has published extensively on prosody and grammar in interaction, including Prosody in Conversation (with Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, Cambridge, 1996), Studies in Interactional Linguistics (with Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, Cambridge, 2001) and Verständigungsprobleme (1987).

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