The Resource How we talk : the inner workings of conversation, N. J. Enfield

How we talk : the inner workings of conversation, N. J. Enfield

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How we talk : the inner workings of conversation
Title
How we talk
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the inner workings of conversation
Statement of responsibility
N. J. Enfield
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Language
eng
Summary
"We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language. Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance-signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally-and uniquely-human"--
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Review
Linguistic anthropologist Enfield (Dependencies in Language) sets out to address what he frames as a major hole in our scientific understanding of human language: conversation, “where language lives and breathes.” He notes that linguistic studies tend to focus exclusively on formal, typically written language, and argues cogently that, far from the “messy back and forth” it sometimes seems, conversation is precisely and actively managed, a finely tuned product of social cooperation that only humans are known to achieve. His special focus falls on some of the most common (and commonly reviled) utterances in English (with references to comparable expressions in other languages), such as “huh,” “um,” and “uh.” Traditionally ignored in academic study, these tiny pieces of conversational glue turn out to be vitally important, functioning as facilitators of social cooperation. Enfield makes a solid case for more focus—and fieldwork—on conversation as a key to understanding “what makes language possible in our species.” He does all this in clear and casually authoritative prose, with reference to copious examples—study results, yes, but also snippets of “language in its wild environment”—which make his arguments easy to understand. This survey performs the neat trick of offering enormous amounts of complex material in a format that remains utterly accessible. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 08/28/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 35, p)
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10603440
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1966-
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Enfield, N. J.
Dewey number
401/.41
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Discourse analysis
  • Conversation
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the inner workings of conversation
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How we talk : the inner workings of conversation, N. J. Enfield
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-243) and index
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Contents
Introduction: What is language like? -- Conversation has rules -- Split-second thinking -- The one-second window -- Traffic signals -- The glue of relevance -- Repair -- The universal word: "Huh?" -- Conclusion: The capacity for language
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 257 pages
Isbn
9780465059942
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(hbk.)
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • n
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illustrations
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regular print
Label
How we talk : the inner workings of conversation, N. J. Enfield
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-243) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: What is language like? -- Conversation has rules -- Split-second thinking -- The one-second window -- Traffic signals -- The glue of relevance -- Repair -- The universal word: "Huh?" -- Conclusion: The capacity for language
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 257 pages
Isbn
9780465059942
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print

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