Social Interaction and Discourse Structures

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Gregory R. Guy
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 358 pages
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This is a two-volume collection of original research papers designed to reflect the breadth and depth of the impact that William Labov has had on linguistic science. Four areas of 'Labovian' linguistics are addressed: First is the study of variation and change; the papers in sections I and II of the first volume take this as their central theme, with a focus on either the social context and uses of language (I) or on the the internal linguistic dynamics of variation and change (II). The study of African American English, and other language varieties in the Americas spoken by people of African descent and influenced by their linguistic heritage, is the subject of the papers in section III of the first volume. The third theme is the study of discourse; the papers in section I of the second volume develop themes in Labovian linguistics that go back to Labov's work on narrative, descriptive, and therapeutic discourse. Fourth is the emphasis on language use, the search for discursive, interactive, and meaningful determinants of the complexity in human communication. Papers with these themes appear in section II of the second volume.
 

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Contents

Discourse Analysis Structuralism and the Description of Social Practice
3
Third Turn Repair
31
The Transformation of Experience Identity and Context
41
Reference and Evaluation in Narrative
57
Negotiating Evaluation in Storytelling
77
Horse Race Calls
103
Discourse Clues to Coded Language in an Impeachment Hearing
121
The Incongruity of Jokes Riddles and Humorous Situations
139
Syntactic and Lexical Variation
205
On Focussing Sentences in Brazilian Portuguese
207
On KindSentences Resumptive Pronouns and Relative Clauses
223
Viewpoint Sequencing and Pronoun Usage in Javanese Short Stories
237
Language typology or sociolinguistics?
259
The Sociolinguistic Dynamics of Apparent Convergence
285
Varbruland the HumanInanimate Polarization of the Swahili Object Marker
311
A Bibliography
339

Discourse Enumerators and Schegloffs Denominator
153
On the Interactional Bases of Speech Community Membership
183

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