In Other Words: Variation in Reference and Narrative

In Other Words: Variation in Reference and Narrative

by Deborah Schiffrin
     
 

In this book, Deborah Schriffrin 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… See more details below

Overview

In this book, Deborah Schriffrin 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521481595
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/27/2006
Series:
Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics Series, #21
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

1Variation1
2Problematic referrals33
3Anticipating referrals69
4Reactive and proactive prototypes110
5Referring sequences154
6Reframing experience199
7Retelling a story241
8Who did what (again)?277
9Redoing and replaying314
App. 1Transcription conventions for data excerpts341
App. 2Four versions of Susan Beer's capture story342
App. 3Jack Cohen's narrative about Joey Bishop's childhood prank349

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