Using English: From Conversation to Canon

Using English: From Conversation to Canon


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ISBN-13: 9780415131209
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/1996
Series: English Language: Past, Present and Future Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the series     i
Biographical information     ii
Introduction   Ann Hewings     1
Everyday talk   Janet Maybin     5
Introduction     5
The structure and function of conversation     5
Context and meaning     13
Communicative strategies and conversation style     18
Stories, accounts and identity     24
Conclusion     30
Communicative strategies in Aboriginal English   Diana Eades     31
The role of compliments in female-male interaction   Janet Holmes     36
Using English to persuade   Adrian Beard     43
Introduction     43
Contexts of persuasion     43
Political rhetoric     48
Advertising     62
Conclusion     70
Renewal, modernisation, and reform   Norman Fairclough     73
'The light has gone out': Indian traditions in English rhetoric   Julu Sen   Rahul Sharma   Anima Chakraverty     74
Language play in English   Adrian Beard     83
Introduction     83
The value of play     83
Playing aroundus     85
Song     89
Graffiti     98
The slip of the pun     103
Interpersonal play     107
Conclusion     111
Songs in Singlish   Marie Tan     113
Extract from 'Social issues on walls: graffiti in university lavatories'   O.G. Nwoye     116
Literacy practices in English   Mike Baynham   Janet Maybin     123
Introduction     123
Speech and writing     123
Text and context     127
Reading and writing practices in English     140
Diversity and change     146
Literacy as a loaded term     150
Conclusion     151
Place semiotics: code preference   Ron Scollon   Suzie Wong Scollon     153
Changing literacy practices in a South African informal settlement   Catherine Kell     160
English at work   Neil Mercer   Almut Koester     167
Introduction     167
English among co-workers     172
Working with the public     185
Conclusion     191
Constructing the virtual building: language on a building site   Peter Medway      192
Professionals and clients: form filling and the control of talk   Jo Longman     197
Market forces speak English   Sharon Goodman     205
Introduction     205
Informalisation     207
The marketisation of English     211
Designing the language of employees: 'speaking another language' at work     227
Conclusion     231
Selling in Singapore   Anthea Fraser Gupta     232
The marketization of public discourse: the universities   Norman Fairclough     241
Making judgements about English   Donald Mackinnon     245
Introduction     245
Correctness     248
Appropriateness     265
Social judgements     267
Offensive language     269
Conclusion     274
Extracts from 'Why do purists grumble so much?'   Jean Aitchison     276
Extracts from Rediscover Grammar with David Crystal   David Crystal     277
'A rule without reason'   Ian Mayes     278
References     281
Acknowledgements     290
Index     292

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Using English: From Conversation to Canon 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
annbury on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A companion to "English: History, Diversity and Change", and like it an introductory text made up of essays by various writers. This one focuses on how English is used in various context -- everyday conversation, the workplace, rhetoric, literature, and so on. I found it mildly interesting, but very repetitive, with a strong tendency to focus on the obvious. Also, it is old enough (1992) so that issues created by the use of English in electronic media are barely touched upon.