Understanding Face-to-face Interaction: Issues Linking Goals and Discourse

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Karen Tracy
Psychology Press, 1991 - Psychology - 212 pages
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Challenging current work in communication and social psychology that assumes face-to-face interaction can be adequately understood without attending to discourse expression, this volume examines how people's goals, concerns, and intentions can be related to discourse expression. The text discusses discourse-goal linkages in specific face-to-face encounters such as courtroom exchanges, marital counseling, and intellectual discussions, as well as in more general theoretical dilemmas. Because it poses a new set of questions about social actors' motivations and pre-interactional goals, this volume offers a new direction for discourse study -- one that seriously considers the thinking and strategy involved in human communication.
 

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Contents

Introduction Linking Communicator Goals with Discourse
1
DiscourseGoal Linkages in Specific FacetoFace Encounters
19
Goals Games and Moral Orders A Paradoxical Case in Court?
21
Digressions in Argumentative Discourse Multiple Goals Standing Concerns and Implicatures
43
The Uses of Goals in Therapy
63
Intergenerational Talk Goal Consonance and Intergroup Dissonance
79
On Enacting Friendship and Interrogating Discourse
101
Theoretical Dilemmas Linking Goals and Discourse
117
Message Design Logic and the Management of Multiple Goals
131
What Drives Social Action?
151
The TwoWay Relationship Between Talk in Social Interactions and Actors Goals and Plans
167
A Synthetic Perspective on Goals and Discourse
189
Transcript Notation
205
Author Index
207
Subject Index
211
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Some Problems with Linking Goals to Discourse
119

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Karen Tracy is Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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