LINGUIST List 14.182

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Books: Pragmatics: Luke & Pavlidou (eds.)

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  1. paul, Telephone Calls: Kang Kwong Luke & Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (eds.)

Message 1: Telephone Calls: Kang Kwong Luke & Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (eds.)

Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 13:29:08 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Telephone Calls: Kang Kwong Luke & Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (eds.)

Title: Telephone Calls
Subtitle: Unity and diversity in conversational structure across
languages and cultures
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 101
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Editor: Kang Kwong Luke, University of Hong Kong 
Editor: Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588112195, Pages: x, 295 pp., Price: USD 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027253412, Pages: x, 295 pp., Price: EUR 88.00


Telephone conversation is one of the most common forms of
communication in contemporary society. For the first time in human
history, some people are spending as much time, if not more, talking
on the telephone as they are on face-to-face conversations. The aims
of this book are: to bring together in one volume research on
telephone conversations in different languages, to compare and
contrast people's methods of handling telephone conversational tasks
in different communities, and to explore the relationship between
telephone conversational practice and cultural settings. The papers
are based on first-hand, naturally-occurring data obtained from a
variety of languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French,
German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, and Persian. Theoretical and
methodological issues pertaining to research on telephone
conversations are discussed.

Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors 
Studying telephone calls: Beginnings,developments,and perspectives 
 Kang Kwong Luke and Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou 

Part I. Opening telephone calls 
Recognition and identification in Japanese and Korean telephone
conversation openings
 Yong-Yae Park 
On the telephone again! Telephone conversation openings in Greek 
 Maria Sifianou 
Politeness in telephone conversation openings in Persian 
 Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm 
Language choice in international telephone conversations 
 Gitte Rasmussen and Johannes Wagner 

Part II. Problem solving,topic management and closing 
Reporting problems and offering assistance in Japanese business
telephone conversations
 Lindsay Amthor Yotsukura 
The initiation and introduction offirst topics in Hong Kong telephone
 Kang Kwong Luke 
Moving towards closing:Greek telephone calls between familiars 
 Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou 

Part III. Theoretical and methodological considerations 
Comparing telephone call openings: Theoretical and methodological
 Paul Ten Have 
Reflections on research on telephone conversation: Issues
ofcross-cultural scope and scholarly exchange, interactional import
and consequences
 Emanuel A. Schegloff 

Lingfield(s): Pragmatics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)
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