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Title: When Listeners Talk
Subtitle: Response tokens and listener stance
Written By: Rod Gardner
Series Title: Pragmatics and Beyond New Series, 92

John Benjamins Publishing would like to announce the publication of the following title in the field of Pragmatics:

When Listeners Talk
Response tokens and listener stance

Rod Gardner
University of New South Wales

Listeners are usually considered recipients in conversational interaction, whose main activity is to take in messages from other speakers. In this view, the listening activity is separate from speaking. Another view is that listeners and speakers are equal co-participants in conversations who construct the talk together. In support of this latter view, one finds a group of vocalisations which are quintessentially listener talk - little conversational objects such as uh-huh, oh, mm, yeah, right and mm-hm. These utterances do not have meanings in a conventional dictionary sense, but are nevertheless loaded with complex and subtle information about the stance listeners take to what they are hearing, information that is gleaned not only from their phonetic form, but also from their complex prosodic shape and their placement and timing within the flow of talk. This book summarizes eight of these objects, and explores one, mm, in depth.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027251118
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xxii, 281 pp.
Prices: EUR 98.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588110931
ISBN-13: 9781588110930
Pages: xxii, 281 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 155