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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Affectivity in Interaction
Subtitle: Sound objects in English
Written By: Elisabeth Reber
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 215

How do participants display affectivity in social interaction? Based on
recordings of authentic everyday conversations and radio phone-ins, this study
offers a fine-grained analysis of how recipients of affect-laden informings deploy
sound objects, i.e. interjections ('oh', 'ooh' and 'ah') and paralinguistic signals
('whistle' and 'clicks'), for responsive displays of affectivity. Examining the use
of such sound objects across a number of interactional activities including news
telling, troubles talk, complaining, assessments and repair, the study provides
evidence that the sound pattern and sequential placement of sound objects
systematically contribute to their specific meaning-making in interaction, i.e. the
management of sequence organisation and interactional relevancies (e.g.
affiliation). Presenting an in-depth analysis of a little researched area of
language use from an interactional linguistic perspective, the book will be of
theoretical and methodological interest to an audience with a background in
linguistics, sociology and conversational studies.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027281654
Prices: Europe EURO 90.00
U.S. $ 135.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027256201
Prices: U.K. £ 90.00
U.S. $ 135.00
Europe EURO 95.40