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Everyday Talk, First Edition: Building and Reflecting Identities / Edition 1

Everyday Talk, First Edition: Building and Reflecting Identities / Edition 1

by Karen Tracy
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572307896
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 08/12/2002
Series: Guilford Communication Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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 Research on Language and Social Interaction.

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


Students and scholars in communication, social psychology, and related disciplines. Serves as a core text in undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.

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