LINGUIST List 11.2523

Thu Nov 23 2000

Books: Discourse Analysis

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  1. Coleman, Sarah, Discourse Analysis: How Conversation Works by R. Wardhaugh

Message 1: Discourse Analysis: How Conversation Works by R. Wardhaugh

Date: 22 Nov 2000 14:05:57 -0000
From: Coleman, Sarah <>
Subject: Discourse Analysis: How Conversation Works by R. Wardhaugh

How Conversation Works
Ronald Wardhaugh, University of Toronto
Conversation is very often spontaneous, natural and informal. But
even at its most casual it is governed by rules and principles of
language and behaviour. This book lays bare the structure of
conversation, describing what happens when people talk to each other
and explaining why they say what they say in a wide variety of
Ronald Wardhaugh explores many aspects of conversation, asking how
conversations start, how we decide who will speak next, how we change
the subject, and how we know when a conversation has finished. This
book is the most accessible guide to discourse analysis and pragmatics
yet written and will be read with profit and enjoyment by students and
general readers alike.
How Conversation Works has been out of print, but is now again available
through Blackwell Publishers exciting new print-on-demand service. Go to or to order.
1985/230 pp./0631139397/PB/List: $28.95
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