LINGUIST List 9.1261

Fri Sep 11 1998

Books: Socioling & Cognitive Ling

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  1. Robert Sidor, New book: Language Processes

Message 1: New book: Language Processes

Date: Fri, 11 Sep 98 11:32:07 -0500
From: Robert Sidor <>
Subject: New book: Language Processes

Edited by
Susan R. Fussell, Carnegie Mellon University
Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis

Historically, the social aspects of language use have been considered
the domain of social psychology, while the underlying psycholinguistic
mechanisms have been the purview of cognitive psychology. Recently,
however, it has become increasingly clear that these two dimensions
are highly interrelated: cognitive mechanisms underlying speech
production and comprehension interact with social psychological
factors, such as beliefs about one's interlocutors and politeness
norms, and with the dynamics of the conversation itself, to produce
shared meaning. This realization has led to an exciting body of
research integrating the social and cognitive dimensions which has
greatly increased our understanding of human language use.

This volume contains a collection of papers by noted social and
cognitive psychologists illustrating this theme. Each chapter
demonstrates how the theoretical approaches and research methods of
social and cognitive psychology can be successfully interwoven to
provide insight into one or more fundamental questions about the
process of interpersonal communication. The topics under investigation
include the nature and role of speaker intentions in the communicative
process, the production and comprehension of indirect speech and
figurative language, perspective-taking and conversational
collaboration, and the relationships between language, cognition,
culture, and social interaction. The book will be of interest to all
those who study interpersonal language use: social and cognitive
psychologists, theoretical and applied linguists, and communication

0-8058-2269-0 [cloth]/1998/312pp./$59.95
0-8058-2270-4 [paper]/1998/312pp./$32.50
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
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