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Title: Rethinking Communicative Interaction
Subtitle: New interdisciplinary horizons
Edited By: Colin B. Grant
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P_bns_116
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 116

This volume breaks open traditional disciplinary confines and approaches the full complexity of communicative interaction from an impressive range of exciting state-of-the-art perspectives in social psychology, conversation analysis, hermeneutics, constructivist psychology, communication theory, computational neuroscience, sociology of communication, second language pragmatics, ergonomic interaction theory and computer-mediated interaction studies. In so doing, it sets out to establish a new research agenda in which communication science is understood as a human-social science par excellence. This collection of fifteen essays by seventeen scholars from Canada, the United States, Brazil, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK will be of interest to scholars and students in all of the above fields.

The editor, Colin B. Grant, is Reader in Modern Languages in the School of Management and Languages, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, where he runs the interdisciplinary social communication science research group. He is author of Literary Communication from Consensus to Rupture (1995), Functions and Fictions of Communication (2000) and chief editor of Language-Meaning-Social Construction (2001).

Table of contents

List of contributors vii
Introduction: Rethinking communicative interaction: An interdisciplinary programme
Colin B. Grant 1–26
Part I: Communicating the self
Dialogicality as an ontology of humanity
Ivana Marková 29–51
The subject as dialogical fiction
Nicholas Davey 53–67
Language, communication and the development of the self
Renato Proietti 69–85
Addressing oneself as another: Dialogue and the self in Habermas and Butler
Henderikus J. Stam 87–100
Complexities of self and social communication
Colin B. Grant 101–125
Part II: Constructing communication
Histories and discourses: An integrated approach to communication science
Siegfried J. Schmidt 129–144
Autonomy, self-reference and contingency in computational neuroscience
Bernd Porr and Florentin Wörgötter 145–161
Interaction versus action and Luhmann’s sociology of communication
Loet Leydesdorff 163–186
Pragmatic interactions in a second language
Beatriz Mariz Maia de Paiva 187–206
Part III: Communication environments
Between uniqueness and universality: An ethnomethodological analysis of language games
Brian Torode 209–234
The transition of a Scottish Young Persons’s Centre — a dialogical analysis
Kesi Mahendran 235–256
Conversational action: An ergonomic approach to interaction
Mario Cesar Vidal and Renato José Bonfatti 257–272 ‘Flaming’ in computer-mediated interactions
Anthi Avgerinakou 273–293
Constructing the uncertainties of bioterror: A study of U.S. news reporting on the anthrax attack of fall, 2001
Austin Babrow and Mohan Dutta-Bergman 295–315
Index of names 317–319
Index of subjects 321–325

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114511
ISBN-13: 9781588114518
Pages: viii, 330 pp.
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ISBN: 9027253587
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Pages: viii, 330 pp.
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