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Everyday Talk: Building and Reflecting Identities


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Learning how to listen to and analyze talk is fundamental to understanding human communication. This engaging text examines how the "little stuff" of everyday conversation--what we say and how we say it, the terms we use to refer to others, the content and style of stories we tell, and myriad other factors expresses both who we are and who we want to be. The book draws on discourse analytic research and applies it to a wide range of real-life situations and examples, including private conversations among friends and family as well as interchanges in the classroom, workplace, and public settings. Interweaving rhetorical and cultural perspectives, the author gives particular attention to the ways talk reflects communicators' cultural and social background, nationality, ethnicity, social class, and gender, as well as the dynamics between particular conversational partners. Illuminated is the complex role that talking plays in building relationships and creating and hopefully, resolving relational problems.

About the Author

Karen Tracy is Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado. The author of one previous book and more than 40 articles and book chapters, she has served as editor of [i]Research on Language and Social Interaction[/i].

Table of Contents

I. The Argument

1. Talk and Identity

2. Two Perspectives

II. Talk's Building Blocks

3. Person-Referencing Practices

4. Speech Acts

5. The Sound of Talk

6. Language Selection

III. Complex Discourse Practices

7. Interaction Structures

8. Direct or Indirect Style

9. Narratives

10. Stance Indicators

IV. The Conclusion

11. Final Thoughts

Product Details

Guilford Press
Psychology : Personality
Tracy, Karen
Language Arts & Disciplines : Communication Studies
Language Arts & Disciplines : Rhetoric
Psychology : Interpersonal Relations
Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics - General
Publication Date:
January 2012

Related Subjects

Business » Communication
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Personality Disorders
History and Social Science » Intercultural Communications » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
Reference » Rhetoric

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