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It's Been Said Before

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Speech Acts and Conversational Interaction
Written By: Michael L. Geis

This book unites speech act theory and conversation analysis to advance a
theory of conversational competence. It is predicated on the assumption
that speech act theory, if it is to be of genuine empirical and theoretical
significance, must be embedded within a general theory of conversational
competence capable of accounting for how we do things with words in
naturally occurring conversation, and it can usefully be seen as a
synthesis of traditional speech act theory, conversation analysis, and
artificial intelligence research in natural language processing. Michael L.
Geis analyses a variety of naturally occurring conversations, presenting
them within a framework of computational interest and within discourse
representation theory. In particular, he offers an explicit mapping of
semantic and pragmatic (i.e. speech-act-theoretic) meaning features and
politeness features into so-called conventionalized indirect speech act forms.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052102529X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 262
Prices: U.S. $ 37.99
U.K. £ 21.99