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Herbert Clark argues that language use is more than the sum of a speaker speaking and a listener listening. It is the joint action that emerges when speakers and listeners, writers and readers perform their individual actions in coordination, as ensembles. In contrast to work within the cognitive sciences, which has seen language use as an individual process, and to work within the social sciences, which has seen it as a social process, the author argues strongly that language use embodies both individual and social processes.Read more
- Herbert Clark is one of world's leading psycholinguists, and this is his first big book for many years
- He has published papers over the last ten years on this topic in major journals such as Language and Cognition, and this book is eagerly awaited
- Controversial thesis with wide readership in cognitive and social sciences
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"This is a bold, imaginative, and important book. Clark's focus on language use, and his contention that conversation transforms the nature of production and comprehension, pose a challenge to the prevailing psycholinguistic approach to language. Cognitive scientists, social psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists--indeed, all concerned with the way people employ language to accomplish their purposes in the world--will find much to interest them in this integrative and original work." Robert M. Krauss, Columbia UniversitySee more reviews
"Using Language is a lucid exposition of views that Clark has been developing for over a decade. The central argument is that language must be seen within the complex belief and intentional context in which it is used. Clark tries to pinpoint exactly those features of the intentional context--the set of assumptions and ascribed intentions--which make communication possible, and, often, effortlessly effective. It is undoubtedly his major work to date." Stephen C. Levinson, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
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- Date Published: May 1996
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521567459
- length: 446 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.738kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction:
1. Language use
Part II. Foundations:
2. Joint activities
3. Joint actions
4. Common ground
Part III. Communicative Acts:
5. Meaning and understanding
Part IV. Levels of Action:
7. Joint projects
Part V. Discourse:
10. Joint commitment
Part VI. Conclusion:
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