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Title: In Other Words: Variation in Reference and Narrative
Written By: Deborah Schiffrin
Series Title: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics, 21
Description:

What we say always consists of prior words, structures and meanings that
are combined in new ways and re-used in new contexts for new listeners. In
this book, Deborah Schiffrin looks at two important tasks of language -
presenting 'who' we are talking about (the referent) and 'what happened' to
them (their actions and attributes) in a narrative - and explores how this
presentation alters in relation to emergent forms and meanings. Drawing on
examples from both face-to-face talk and public discourse, she analyses a
variety of repairs, reformulations of referents, and retellings of
narratives, ranging from word-level repairs within a single turn-at-talk,
to life story narratives told years apart. Bringing together work from
conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, cognitive semantics,
pragmatics, and variation analysis, In Other Words will be invaluable for
scholars wishing to understand the many different factors that underlie the
shaping and re-shaping of discourse over time, place and person.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
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ISBN: 0521481597
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