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Responsibility and Evidence in Oral Discourse

Responsibility and Evidence in Oral Discourse

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Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language

Jane H. Hill, Judith T. Irvine, Alessandro Duranti, John W. Du Bois, Wallace Chafe, Judith T. Irvine, Amy Shuman, Niko Besnier, Richard Bauman, Ofelia Zepeda, Edward H. Bendix, Susan U. Philips, Tullio Maranhão
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  • Date Published: June 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521425292


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  • Twelve articles by leading linguists and linguistic anthropologists develop an important series of case studies that show how ideas such as "responsibility," "agency," "authority," and "evidence" are simultaneously aspects of social meaning and implications of linguistic form. The studies show how speakers attribute responsibility for acts and situations, how particular forms of language and discourse relate to claims and disclaimers of responsibility, and how verbal acts are themselves social acts, subject to such attributions. This book will serve as a landmark volume in the study and analysis of oral discourse.

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    "This book is an exceedingly important contribution to the understanding of the use of rhetorical devices in oral discourse....the volume as a whole gives us a rich, multicultural perspective on the impact of context and interaction in the construction of meaning." The Modern Language Journal

    "This very cohesive volume will be of particular interest to second language reserchers studying speech acts....All of the articles in this volume provide insights into a wide variety of authentic speech events and speech acts." Susan Fiksdal, Studies in Second Language Acquisitions

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521425292
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    Introduction Jane H. Hill and Judith T. Irvine
    1. Intentions, self, and responsibility: an essay in Samoan ethnopragmatics Alessandro Duranti
    2. Meaning without intention: lessons from divination John W. Du Bois
    3. Seneca speaking styles and the location of authority Wallace Chafe
    4. Obligations to the word: ritual speech, performance, and responsibility: verbal abuse in a Wolof village Judith T. Irvine
    6. 'Get outa my face': entitlement and authoritative discouse Amy Shuman
    7. Reported speech and affect on Nukulaelae Atoll Niko Besnier
    8. Disclaimers of performance Richard Bauman
    9. Mrs. Patricio's trouble: the distribution of responsibility in an account of personal experience Jane H. Hill and Ofelia Zepeda
    10. The grammaticalization of responsibility and evidence: interactional manipulation of evidential categories in Newari Edward H. Bendix
    11. Evidentiary standards for American trials: just the facts Susan U. Philips
    12. Recollections of fieldwork conversations, or authorial difficulties in anthropological writing Tullio Maranhão
    Index of subjects
    Index of names.

  • Editors

    Jane H. Hill, University of Arizona

    Judith T. Irvine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


    Jane H. Hill, Judith T. Irvine, Alessandro Duranti, John W. Du Bois, Wallace Chafe, Judith T. Irvine, Amy Shuman, Niko Besnier, Richard Bauman, Ofelia Zepeda, Edward H. Bendix, Susan U. Philips, Tullio Maranhão

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