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

Deborah Schiffrin looks at two important tasks of language
'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
analyzes 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.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052148474X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 390
Prices: U.S. $ 39.99