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Variation in Reference and Narrative


Part of Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics

  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521484749


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  • Deborah Schiffrin looks at two important tasks of language--presenting 'who' we are talking about (the referent) and 'what happened' to them (their actions and attributes) in a narrative--and explores how this presentation alters in relation to emergent forms and meanings. Drawing on examples from both face-to-face talk and public discourse, she analyzes a variety of repairs, reformulations of referents, and retellings of narratives, ranging from word-level repairs within a single turn-at-talk, to life story narratives told years apart.

    • Shows what the study of repetition and 're-doing what we say' can tell us about basic processes of discourse
    • Draws data and methods from a wide range of disciplines, such as interactional sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, pragmatics, and semantics
    • Addresses basic problems in the study of reference and narrative, and raises new and intriguing questions for the field
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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521484749
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.636kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Variation
    2. Problematic referrals
    3. Anticipating referrals
    4. Reactive and proactive prototypes
    5. Referring sequences
    6. Reframing experience
    7. Retelling a story
    8. Who did what (again)?
    9. Redoing and replaying.

  • Author

    Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Deborah Schiffrin is Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University.

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