LINGUIST List 32.290

Thu Jan 21 2021

Books: Understanding Dialogue: Pickering, Garrod

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Date: 18-Jan-2021
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Subject: Understanding Dialogue: Pickering, Garrod
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Title: Understanding Dialogue
Subtitle: Language Use and Social Interaction
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Martin J. Pickering
Author: Simon Garrod
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108473613 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 89.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108473613 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 69.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108473613 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 81.69
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108461931 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108461931 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 22.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108461931 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 26.83

Linguistic interaction between two people is the fundamental form of communication, yet almost all research in language use focuses on isolated speakers and listeners. In this innovative work, Garrod and Pickering extend the scope of psycholinguistics beyond individuals by introducing communication as a social activity. Drawing on psychological, linguistic, philosophical and sociological research, they expand their theory that alignment across individuals is the basis of communication, through the model of a 'shared workspace account'. In this workspace, interlocutors are actors who jointly manipulate and control the interaction and develop similar representations of both language and social context, in order to achieve communicative success. The book also explores dialogue within groups, technologies, as well as the role of culture more generally. Providing a new understanding of cognitive representation, this trailblazing work will be highly influential in the fields of linguistics, psychology and cognitive linguistics.

1. The Challenge of Dialogue; Part I. The Shared Workspace Framework: 2. A Systems Analysis of Joint Activity; 3. Executing, Understanding and Controlling Joint Activity; 4. Dialogue as a Joint Activity; 5. Producing, Controlling, and Understanding Dialogue; Part II. Alignment During Dialogue: 6. Interactive Alignment and Linguistic Representations; 7. Alignment of Dialogue Models; Part III. Using the Shared Workspace Efficiently: 8. Saying Just Enough; 9. Speaking in Good Time; Part IV. Extending the Shared Workspace Framework: 10. Communication Beyond the Minimal Dyad; 11. Culture and Language Use; 12. Conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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