Paperback: ISBN: 052148474X Pages: 390 Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Deborah Schiffrin 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 analyzes 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.
1. Variation; 2. Problematic referrals; 3. Anticipating referrals; 4. Reactive and proactive prototypes; 5. Referring sequences; 6. Reframing experience; 7. Retelling a story; 8. Who did what (again)?; 9. Redoing and replaying.