Applying Sociolinguistics: Domains and Face-to-face Interaction

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Diana Boxer
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 244 pages
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Diana Boxer's "Applying Sociolinguistics: Domains and Face-to-Face Interaction" is an up-to-date overview of discourse studies in oral interaction. Its focus is on encounters in the various spheres of life: family, educational, social, religious, and work, with an additional chapter on cross-cultural face-to-face interaction in these domains. Each chapter reviews current research in that specific domain, with particular attention to methodological issues. For example, in-depth explanations are offered to the reader on how the various approaches to studying face-to-face discourse (e.g. ethnographic, conversational analytic, interactional sociolinguistic) lend themselves to answering different research questions. Each chapter also culminates with an original analysis by the author of face-to-face interaction in that particular domain. Topics include: nagging in family interaction; bragging and boasting in workplace interaction; sarcasm in educational interaction; joking and teasing in social interaction; rite-of-passage discourse in religious interaction; and gatekeeping discourse in cross-cultural interaction.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Facetoface in the family domain
21
Facetoface in the social domain
47
Facetoface in the education domain
89
Facetoface in the religious domain
125
Facetoface in the workplace domain
147
Facetoface in crosscultural interactions
177
Conclusion
211
Appendix
225
Bibliography
227
Index
241
Studies in Language and Society
245
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