The Nexus of Practice
By (author) Ron Scollon
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Mediated Discourse by Ron Scollon
Book DescriptionMediated Discourse: The Nexus of Practice sets out a discursive theory of human action. Language and action are intimately related. The difficult question to answer is how they are related. Mediated Discourse Theory looks into social relationships to see how the use of language is both a form of action in itself and is also indirectly related to all other forms of human action. Through the empirical study of a one year old child learning to exchange objects with caregivers, Scollon challenges the commonly held claim that all practices are represented in discourse and that all discourse has the function of structuring practice. Calling upon work in interactional sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, anthropological linguistics, sociocultural psychology, and intercultural communication, the Mediated Discourse Theory set out in this book resolves current problematic issues such as how practices are learned across the boundaries of groups and how individuals come to be socialized as social actors.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415248822
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ron Scollon
Intercultural Communication, Paperback (December 2011)
This newly revised edition is both a lively introduction and practical guide to the main concepts and challenges of intercultural communication.
Nexus Analysis, Hardback (June 2004)
Introduces a new theory and a guide to its application. Nexus analysis allows participants in social action to explore its key elements and trace their historical trajectories towards actions, to anticipate the actions' outcomes.
Discourse and Technology, Paperback (February 2004)» View all books by Ron Scollon
Opens up a discussion among discourse analysts and others in linguistics and related fields about the two-fold impact of communication technologies: the impact on how discourse data is collected, transcribed, and analyzed - and the impact that these technologies are having on social interaction and discourse.
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Author Biography - Ron Scollon
Ron Scollon is Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, USA.
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