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Mon Jun 30 1997

Books: Discourse

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Message 1: New Book: Silence

Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 18:51:06 +0200 (MEST)
From: Christoph Eyrich <>
Subject: New Book: Silence

			 Adam Jaworski 

		 Interdisciplinary Perspectives 

		 1997. 23 x 15,5 cm. XI, 404 pages. 
		 Cloth DM 218,-/approx. US$ 156.00
			 ISBN 3-11-015459-5
	 Studies in Anthropological Linguistics 10

		Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

This volume gathers eighteen specially commissioned papers written by
international specialists in linguistics, psychology, discourse and
narrative analysis, culture and the arts, ethnography and pragmatics,
representing a wide variety of approaches to the phenomenon of
communicative silence. 
Among others, the book asks the following questions: What is the
relationship between silence and speech? Is it polite not to speak?
Can a person's status be enhanced by not speaking? How do people break
taboos about death and dying? Why are some voices silenced and
unheard? Why do women not give street directions? How is silence used
in ritual communication? Are Finns really silent? How is listenership
constructed cross-culturally? Silence in music? Can silence be
painted? Can silence be taught? In a truly interdisciplinary approach
to its subject, the book offers a view of silence not only from
theorists but also from practitioners of silence (e.g., educators and
The collection, by its variety and holistic approach, presents a
well-rounded picture of the research being done on silence today.


Acknowledgements * List of contributors * PART ONE: INTRODUCTORY *
Adam Jaworski, Introduction: An overview * Adam Jaworski, Aesthetic,
communicative and political silences in Laurie Anderson's performance
art * PART TWO: LINGUISTICS AND PRAGMATICS * Wlodzimierz Sobkowiak,
Silence and markedness theory * Maria Sifianou, Silence and politeness
* PART THREE: DISCOURSE ANALYSIS * Richard J. Watts, Silence and the
acquisition of status in verbal interaction * Nikolas Coupland and
Justine Coupland, Discourses of the unsayable: Death implicative talk
in geriatric medical consultations * PART FOUR: NARRATIVE ANALYSIS *
Jeffrey L. Kallen, Silence and revelation in the English traditional
ballad * Christopher Hall, Srikant Sarangi and Stefaan Slembrouck,
Silent and silenced voices: Interactional construction of audience in
Dendrinos and Emilia Ribeiro Pedro, Giving street directions: The
silent role of women * Bohdan Szuchewycz, Silence in ritual
Sajavaara and Jaakko Lehtonen, The silent Finn revisited * Noel Houck
and Susan M. Gass, Cross-cultural back channels in English refusals: A
source of trouble * PART SEVEN: BEYOND LANGUAGE * Andrew Edgar, Music
and silence * Alina Kwiatkowska, Silence across modalities * Marcia
Hafif, Silence in painting: Let me count the way * Stacie Withers,
Silence and communication in art * PART EIGHT: Teaching silence * Karl
Patten, Teaching "Discovering silence" * PART NINE: EPILOGUE * Adam
Jaworski, "White and white": Metacommunicative and metaphorical
silences * Index


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D-10728 Berlin Hawthorne, NY 10532 
Germany USA 
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