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Title: Features of Naturalness in Conversation
Written By: Martin Warren
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 152

The study describes a detailed and original piece of research work,
investigating a very important genre of human communication, and that is
conversation. It provides a definition of the genre of conversation by
describing nine features of conversation, namely multiple sources,
discourse coherence, language as doing, co-operation, unfolding,
open-endedness, artifacts, inexplicitness and shared responsibility. These
nine features of naturalness in conversation serve to distinguish
conversation from specialized discourse types. The study illustrates the
nine defining features of conversation with authentic conversational data
collected surreptitiously in England. While this study is of native
speakers of English, the nine defining features of naturalness of English
conversation are applicable to conversations conducted in other languages.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements, ix
Introduction, 1–14
Data, 15–27
Multiple sources, 29–53
Determination of discourse coherence, 55–84
Language as doing, 85–106
Co-operation, 107–137
Unfolding, 139–158
Open-endedness, 159–178
Artefacts, 179–197
Inexplicitness, 199–221
Shared responsibility, 223–239
Conclusions, 241–245
References, 247–261
Transcription notation, 263
Name index, 265–267
Subject index, 269–271

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): None
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9789027253958
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 272
Prices: Europe EURO 115.00
U.S. $ 138.00