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How we talk : the inner workings of conversation

Author: N J Enfield
Publisher: New York Basic Books, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : International editionView all editions and formats
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"We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language. Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance-signals so small that we hardly pay  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: N J Enfield
ISBN: 9781541645028 1541645022
OCLC Number: 1015222325
Description: ix, 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: What is language like? --
Conversation has rules --
Split-second thinking --
The one-second window --
Traffic signals --
The glue of relevance --
Repair --
The universal word: "Huh?" --
Conclusion: The capacity for language.
Responsibility: N. J. Enfield.

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"We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language. Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance-signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally-and uniquely-human"--

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