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Tue Oct 13 2020

Books: Getting others to do things: Floyd, Rossi, Enfield (eds.)

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Date: 08-Oct-2020
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Subject: Getting others to do things: Floyd, Rossi, Enfield (eds.)
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Title: Getting others to do things
Subtitle: A pragmatic typology of recruitments
Series Title: Studies in Diversity Linguistics
Published: 2020
Publisher: Language Science Press

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Editor: Simeon Floyd
Editor: Giovanni Rossi
Editor: NJ Enfield
Electronic: ISBN: 9783961102785 Pages: 435 Price: Europe EURO 0 Comment: Open Access

Getting others to do things is a central part of social interaction in any human society. Language is our main tool for this purpose. In this book, we show that sequences of interaction in which one person’s behaviour solicits or occasions another’s assistance or collaboration share common structural properties that provide a basis for the systematic comparison of this domain across languages. The goal of this comparison is to uncover similarities and differences in how language and other conduct are used in carrying out social action around the world, including different kinds of requests, orders, suggestions, and other actions brought together under the rubric of recruitment.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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