On the boundaries of conversation

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Pergamon Press, 1989 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 124 pages
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The aim of this book is to provide a theory of conversation which will allow analysts to delimit this activity as a specific speech event. Conversation has been treated both generically, where it refers to any kind of talk, and specifically, referring only to informal interaction. This book considers the ramifications of such imprecise definitions, and indicates the structural advantages of specifying conversation in precise speech event terms.

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What is Conversation?
Towards a Theory of Conversation as a Speech Event
Topic Construction and the Maintenance of Speaker

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