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Title: Laughter in Interaction
Written By: Phillip J. Glenn
Series Title: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics 18
Description:

Note: This is the electronic version of a previously announced book.

Laughter in Interaction is an illuminating and lively account of how and
why people laugh during conversation. Bringing together twenty-five years
of research on the sequential organisation of laughter in everyday talk,
Glenn analyses recordings and transcripts to show the finely detailed
co-ordination of human laughter. He demonstrates that its production and
placement, relative to talk and other activities, reveal much about its
emergent meaning and accomplishments. The book shows how the participants
in a conversation move from a single laugh to laughing together, how the
matter of ‘who laughs first’ implicates orientation to social activities
and how interactants work out whether laughs are more affiliative or
hostile. The final chapter examines the contribution of laughter to
sequences of conversational intimacy and play and to the invocation of
gender. Engaging and original, the book shows how this seemingly
insignificant part of human communication turns out to play a highly
significant role in how people display, respond to and revise identities
and relationships.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
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Versions:
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511668852
Prices: U.S. $ 72.00