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Interactional Linguistics

Studying Language in Social Interaction

Authors

Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, University of Helsinki, Margret Selting, Universität Potsdam, Germany

Description

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…

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  • 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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