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Tue Jun 02 2015

Books: Grammar in Everyday Talk: Thompson, Fox, Couper-Kuhlen

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Date: 01-Jun-2015
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Subject: Grammar in Everyday Talk: Thompson, Fox, Couper-Kuhlen
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Title: Grammar in Everyday Talk
Subtitle: Building Responsive Actions
Series Title: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics 31
Published: 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Sandra A. Thompson
Author: Barbara A. Fox
Author: Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107031029 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107031029 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 69.99

Drawing on everyday telephone and video interactions, this book surveys how English speakers use grammar to formulate responses in ordinary conversation. The authors show that speakers build their responses in a variety of ways: the responses can be longer or shorter, repetitive or not, and can be uttered with different intonational 'melodies'. Focusing on four sequence types: responses to questions ('What time are we leaving?' - 'Seven'), responses to informings ('The May Company are sure having a big sale' - 'Are they?'), responses to assessments ('Track walking is so boring. Even with headphones' - 'It is'), and responses to requests ('Please don't tell Adeline' - 'Oh no I won't say anything'), they argue that an interactional approach holds the key to explaining why some types of utterances in English conversation seem to have something 'missing' and others seem overly wordy.

1. Introduction; 2. Responses in information-seeking sequences with 'question-word interrogatives'; 3. Responses in informing sequences; 4. Sequences with assessment responses; 5. Responses in request-for-action sequences; 6. Conclusions.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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