Talking at Cross-purposes

Talking at Cross-purposes

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Misunderstandings have been examined extensively in studies on cross-cultural (mis)communication which associate them with participants differing cultural backgrounds and/or linguistic knowledge. Drawing on a large corpus of misunderstandings from cross- and intra-cultural encounters, this book argues that miscommunication does not relate exclusively to participants background differences or similarities, but that its creation and development are tightly interwoven with the dynamic manner in which social encounters unfold. Against a backdrop of Pragmatics, Conversation Analysis and Goffman s theory of frames and roles, the volume discusses a large number of misunderstandings and shows that they are associated with the constant identity and activity shifts as well as with the turn-by-turn construction of interpretative context in interaction. Besides students and researchers of pragmatics, conversation analysis and sociolinguistics, this book will also appeal to all those interested in the process of making, misinterpreting and clarifying meaning in social interaction.By dissociating realisation from repair-attempt, 1 aim to bring out fine pragmatic choices participants make when dealing ... In general terms, since the main goal of many of the aforementioned studies has been to investigate the organisation of repair in terms of self- and ... work has been primarily concerned with communication breakdowns in which the problem is eventually resolved ( successful repair).

Title:Talking at Cross-purposes
Author:Angeliki Tzanne
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2000


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