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Title: Ecology of Speaking and Listening in Everyday Life
Written By: Frederick Erickson
Description:

This book is an important contribution to our understanding of everyday
talk and its relation to broader social processes. Talk is unique and
locally produced, crafted by particular social actors for the specific
situation of its use. Yet the conduct of such talk is profoundly influenced
by, and influential upon, social and cultural processes that occur beyond
the temporal and spatial horizon of the occasion of the talk itself.
Drawing on and criticizing social theory, Erickson explores the mutually
reinforcing connections between the local conduct of talk and the general
workings of society, economy, and history. The use of everyday examples
enhances the book's appeal to a non-specialist as well as a specialist
audience. Chapter-length vignettes illustrating talk in diverse
institutional settings are provided. These include a family dinner table,
an elementary school classroom, an academic advisory session in a community
college, and a clinical medical coaching session in which an intern
physician reviews the case of a patient with an experienced physician.

Written in a clear and comprehensible way, the book reviews the key
theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks in social theory and in
the sociolinguistic study of talk which bear on these examples. It
concludes with an argument against overly determinist accounts of talk as
social action, in the interest of better construction of social theory and
better empirical study of talk. Talk and Social Theory will be an essential
text for students of sociolinguistics and the analysis of discourse in
conversation. It will also be of interest to students in sociology,
anthropology, social theory, education, applied linguistics, and anyone
concerned with the nature and uses of language in social interaction.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Sociolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0745624715
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 228
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