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How Conversation Works By Ronald Wardhaugh

How Conversation Works
by Ronald Wardhaugh

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Conversation is very often spontaneous, natural and informal. But even at its most casual it is governed by rules and principles of language and behaviour. This book lays bare the structure of conversation, describing what happens when people talk to each other and explaining why they say what they say in a wide variety of circumstances.
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How Conversation Works by Ronald Wardhaugh

Conversation is very often spontaneous, natural and informal. But even at its most casual it is governed by rules and principles of language and behaviour. This book lays bare the structure of conversation, describing what happens when people talk to each other and explaining why they say what they say in a wide variety of circumstances. Ronald Wardhaugh explores many aspects of conversation, asking how conversations start, how we decide who will speak next, how we change the subject, and how we know when a conversation has finished. How Conversation Works is the most accessible guide to discourse analysis and pragmatics yet written and will be read with profit and enjoyment by students and general readers alike.

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About Ronald Wardhaugh


Ronald Wardhaugh is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents


Preface. 1. The Social Basis of Talk. 2. Locating an Agenda. 3. Cooperation and Playing the Game. 4. Beyond and Behind the Words. 5. The Importance of Context. 6. Getting Started and Keeping Going. 7. Topics, Turns, and Terminations. 8. Requesting, Informing, Advising, Agreeing, Apologizing, Promising. 9. Samples of Conversation. 10. Consquences. Bibliography. Index.

Additional information

GOR001653168
How Conversation Works by Ronald Wardhaugh
Ronald Wardhaugh
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
1985-01-29
240
0631139397
9780631139393
N/A
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