In Other Words
Variation in Reference and Narrative
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In Other Words by Deborah Schiffrin
Book DescriptionWhat we say always consists of prior words, structures and meanings that are combined in new ways and re-used in new contexts for new listeners. In this book, Deborah Schiffrin looks at two important tasks of language - presenting 'who' we are talking about (the referent) and 'what happened' to them (their actions and attributes) in a narrative - and explores how this presentation alters in relation to emergent forms and meanings. Drawing on examples from both face-to-face talk and public discourse, she analyses a variety of repairs, reformulations of referents, and retellings of narratives, ranging from word-level repairs within a single turn-at-talk, to life story narratives told years apart. Bringing together work from conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, cognitive semantics, pragmatics, and variation analysis, In Other Words will be invaluable for scholars wishing to understand the many different factors that underlie the shaping and re-shaping of discourse over time, place and person.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521481595
(216mm x 138mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Deborah Schiffrin
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The second edition of the highly successful Handbook of Discourse Analysis has been expanded and thoroughly updated to reflect the very latest research to have developed since the original publication, including new theoretical paradigms and discourse-analytic models, in an authoritative two-volume set.
Telling Stories, Paperback (March 2010)
Narratives are fundamental to our lives: we dream, plan, complain, endorse, entertain, teach, learn, and reminisce through telling stories. This title illustrates how narratives build bridges among language, identity, interaction, society, and culture.
Discourse and Identity, Hardback (June 2006)
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Explores the ways that words and meanings are re-used in new contexts for new listeners.
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Author Biography - Deborah Schiffrin
Deborah Schiffrin is Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University.
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