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Diamond, Julie. 1996. Status and Power in Verbal Interaction: A Study of Discourse in a Close-knit Social Network. (Pragmatics and Beyond: New Series 40). John Benjamins. viii + 184 pp.
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Book – monograph
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A sociolinguistic study of conversation in a social context. Using an ethnographic methodology and a network analysis of the social roles and relationships in a particular language community, the book explores how speakers negotiate status, relationship, and ultimately contest power through discourse. Of chief concern to the study is how speakers manage to negotiate relationship roles using conversation.

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