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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.Read more
- 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
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.
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