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LINGUIST List 23.5342

Tue Dec 18 2012

Books: Tacit Knowledge and Spoken Discourse: Zappavigna

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 18-Dec-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.moriartybloomsbury.com>
Subject: Tacit Knowledge and Spoken Discourse: Zappavigna
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Title: Tacit Knowledge and Spoken Discourse
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)
http://www.continuumbooks.com


Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/tacit-knowledge-and-spoken-discourse-9781441128409/


Author: Michele Zappavigna

Hardback: ISBN: 1441128409 9781441128409 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 75.00


Abstract:

Professional Linguistics is an emergent area of study within applied
linguistics, using discourse analysis to assist people working in professional
domains. This book examines tacit knowledge - that expertise that is
considered to be lost when skilled practitioners leave an institution.

Traditionally it has been argued that some aspects practical knowledge cannot
be articulated. However, the premise of Polyani's theory of Tacit Knowing ("we
know more than we can tell") does not account for latent patterns that
linguists can uncover in spoken language. Understanding these discourse
patterns provides a way to explore the assumptions people invoke, but do not
make explicit in their work and working relationships.

This book demonstrates an interview method grounded in systemic functional
linguistics that probes the spoken discourse of IT professionals, through
three field studies with actual corporations. It argues that 'we tell more
than we know' and this 'telling more' resides in the taken-as-given patters of
grammar and semantics, making meaning in ways which speakers themselves may
not be attuned to.




Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis


Written In: English (eng)

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