Language in Time: The Rhythm and Tempo of Spoken Interaction

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The authors here promote the reintroduction of temporality into the description and analysis of spoken interaction. They argue that spoken words are, in fact, temporal objects and that unless linguists consider how they are delivered within the context of time, they will not capture the full meaning of situated language use. Their approach is rigorously empirical, with analyses of English, German, and Italian rhythm, all grounded in sequences of actual talk-in-interaction.

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Language in Time: The Rhythm and Tempo of Spoken Interaction

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Overview

The authors here promote the reintroduction of temporality into the description and analysis of spoken interaction. They argue that spoken words are, in fact, temporal objects and that unless linguists consider how they are delivered within the context of time, they will not capture the full meaning of situated language use. Their approach is rigorously empirical, with analyses of English, German, and Italian rhythm, all grounded in sequences of actual talk-in-interaction.

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"....Their work here is unique in its ambitious and informed combination of the analysis of prosody, grammar, rhetoric, and conversational structures....For those new to prosodic analysis, Language in time is a demanding read, but it richly rewards the effort. Auer, Couper-Kuhlen, and Muller set a new standard for discourse analysts and functionally oriented linguistics such that it is both based in the data of use and accountable to conversational practices as they emerged in the production if natural and socially consequential activities."—Language in Society
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University of Hamburg

University of Konstanz

University of Mannhaim

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Table of Contents

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1 The Study of Rhythm: Retemporalizing the Detemporalized Object of Linguistic Research 3
2 Hearing and Notating Conversational Rhythm 35
3 Rhythm and Conversational Turn Taking in English 56
4 Rhythm and Preference Organization in English 92
5 Rhythm in Telephone Closings: An Analysis of Italian and German Data 116
6 Rhythm in Turn Construction: Scansions in Italian Conversation 152
7 Rhythm and Performance: An Analysis of an Italian Radio Phone-in Program 172
8 A Summary and Some Conclusions 201
Notes 209
References 221
Index 233
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