Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk Among Friends
This book provides a basic approach to the linguistic analysis of
conversation, building toward a theory of the aesthetics of
conversation by analyzing spontaneous talk among friends. It sheds
light on such issues as pacing, turn-taking, storytelling, and
humor, showing the effects on interaction when participants'
conversational styles differ. Its readability makes it suitable for
use as a text in discourse analysis at all levels.
Praise for earlier edition: "By far the most interesting and accessible--and fun!--introduction to conversational style that I know of. Students love it, and I use it as a required textbook whenever I teach sociolinguistics."--Doug Biber, Northern Arizona University "Interesting and valuable for both laypersons and students."--Language "A contribution not only for the general reader but for any researcher or student interested in conversation."--Language and Society
Preface 2004 1. Introduction 2. Conversational Style: Theoretical Background 3. The Participants in Thanksgiving Dinner 4. Linguistics Devices in Conversational Style 5. Narrative Strategies 6. Irony and Joking 7. Summary of Style Features 8. The Study of Coherence in Discourse 9. Coda: Taking the Concepts into the Present Appendix 1: Key to Transcription Conventions Appendix 2: Steps in Analyzing Conversation Appendix 3: Participants in Thanksgiving Dinner Appendix 4: Flow of Topics in Thanksgiving Conversation REFERENCES AUTHOR INDEX SUBJECT INDEX