Units of Talk – Units of Action

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In this volume leading academics in Interactional Linguistics and Conversation Analysis consider the notion of units for the study of language and interaction. Amongst the issues being explored are the role and relevance of traditionally accepted linguistic units for the analysis of naturally occurring talk, and the identification of new units of conduct in interaction. While some chapters make suggestions on how existing linguistic units can be adapted to suit the study of conversation, others present radically new perspectives on how language in interaction should be described, conceptualised and researched. The chapters present empirical investigations into different languages (Danish, English, Japanese, Mandarin, Swedish) in a variety of settings (private and institutional), considering both linguistic and embodied resources for talk. In addressing the fundamental question of units, the volume pushes at the boundaries of current debates and contributes original new insight into the nature of language in interaction.
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction, 25]  2013.  vi, 378 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
The question of units for language, action and interaction
Beatrice Szczepek Reed and Geoffrey Raymond
Part I. Units of language revisited
Units and/or Action Trajectories? The language of grammatical categories and the language of social action
Cecilia E. Ford, Barbara A. Fox and Sandra A. Thompson
The dynamics of incrementation in utterance-building: Processes and resources
Per Linell
From “intonation units” to cesuring – an alternative approach to the prosodic-phonetic structuring of talk-in-interaction
Dagmar Barth-Weingarten
Perception of prosodic boundaries by untrained listeners
Brendan Barnwell
Part II. Units of action and interaction
At the intersection of turn and sequence organization: On the relevance of “slots” in type-conforming responses to polar interrogatives.
Geoffrey Raymond
When ‘yes’ is not enough – as an answer to a yes/no question
Jakob Steensig and Trine Heinemann
Emerging units and emergent forms of participation within a unit in Japanese interaction: Local organization at a finer level of granularity
Shimako Iwasaki
Phonetic resources in the construction of social actions
Richard Ogden and Traci Walker
Building an instructional project: Actions as components of music masterclasses
Darren Reed and Beatrice Szczepek Reed
Language and the body in the construction of units in Mandarin face-to-face interaction
Xiaoting Li
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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