The Contextualization of Language

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This volume suggests a novel treatment of context in the analysis of everyday interaction. On a theoretical level, it advocates a switch of focus from 'context' as a preestablished, monolithic category which constringes co-participants' verbal and nonverbal behaviour, to an active notion of 'contextualization': in order to make oneself understood, participants have to establish and maintain those shared contextual frames which in turn are relevant to the local interpretation of their verbal and nonverbal activities. On an empirical level, the volume contains exemplary analyses that show how participants employ 'contextualization cues' of prosodic (rhythm, intonation, tempo, etc.) or nonverbal (gaze, gesture, etc.) nature in order to 'achieve context'.The volume is also an appraisal of the theory of contextualization developed by John Gumperz. In their contributions, researchers from various schools of research, such as conversation analysis, micro-ethnography, phonetics/phonology and metapragmatics, relate their work to this theory.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 22]  1992.  xvi, 402 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii
I. Theory of Contextualization
Introduction: John Gumperz’ Approach to Contextualization
Peter Auer
1
Contextualization Revisited
John J. Gumperz
39
The Indeterminancy of Contextualization: When Is Enough Enough?
Michael Silverstein
55
II. Gesture and Other Visible Behaviour
Context, Activity and Participation
Charles Goodwin and Marjorie H. Goodwin
77
Gesture’s Discreet Tasks: Multiple Relevancies in Visual Conduct and in the Contextualisation of Language
Christian Heath
101
Comments
Volker Hinnenkamp
129
Previews: Gestures at the Transition Place
Jürgen Streeck and Ulrike Hartge
135
The return Gesture: Some Remarks on Context, Inference, and Iconic Gesture
Michel de Fornel
159
III. Prosody
Gendered Contexts
Jenny Cook-Gumperz
177
Theatrical Moments: On Contextualizing Funny and Dramatic moods in the Course of Telling a Story in Conversation
199
Comments
Susanne Günthner
223
Intonation as a Contextualization Device: Case Studies on the Role of Prosody, Especially Intonation, in Contextualizing Story Telling in Conversation
Margret Selting
233
Comments
Johannes Schwitalla
259
Continuing and Restarting
John Local
273
Contextualizing Relevance: On Some Forms and Functions of Speech Rate Changes in Everyday Conversation
Susanne Uhmann
297
Contextualizing Discourse: The Prosody of Interactive Repair
Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen
337
They Know All the Lines: Rhythmic Organization and Contextualization in a Conversational Listing Routine
365
Index
399
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