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Diss: Disc Analysis: Reber: 'Affectivity in Interaction: Sound ...'

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Message 1: Affectivity in Interaction: Sound objects in English
Date: 25-Jul-2011
From: Elisabeth Reber <elisabeth.reberuni-wuerzburg.de>
Subject: Affectivity in Interaction: Sound objects in English
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Institution: Universit├Ąt Potsdam
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Elisabeth Reber

Dissertation Title: Affectivity in Interaction: Sound objects in English

Dissertation URL: http://benjamins.com/#home

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Dissertation Director:
Marja-Leena Sorjonen
Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen

Dissertation Abstract:

How do participants display affectivity in social interaction? Based on
recordings of authentic everyday conversations and radio phone-ins, this
study offers a fine-grained analysis of how recipients of affect-laden
informings deploy sound objects, i.e. interjections (oh, ooh and ah) and
paralinguistic signals (whistle and clicks), for responsive displays of
affectivity. Examining the use of such sound objects across a number of
interactional activities including news telling, troubles talk,
complaining, assessments and repair, the study provides evidence that the
sound pattern and sequential placement of sound objects systematically
contribute to their specific meaning-making in interaction, i.e. the
management of sequence organisation and interactional relevancies (e.g.
affiliation). Presenting an in-depth analysis of a little researched area
of language use from an interactional linguistic perspective, the book will
be of theoretical and methodological interest to an audience with a
background in linguistics, sociology and conversational studies.

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