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Creating Conversations: Improvisation in Everyday Discourse

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Conversation is one of those everyday, commonsense abilities that we can all do without thinking. But paradoxically, understanding how conversation works is one of the most difficult problems for scientists - for example, even after decades of research, computers are still miserable conversationalists. This text explores this paradox: how can conversation be so difficult, ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Hampton Press (NJ) (first published January 1st 2001)
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Karen Chung
Dec 03, 2016 Karen Chung rated it it was amazing
I've read some really outstanding books this year, but this one might well take first place. If you are at all interested in language, how people interact, or improvisation, and the connections between the three, do NOT miss this one.
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I have never seen a book quite like this and feel like I've found buried treasure since this book is no longer in print.

This fascinating analysis creates a extended comparison between our everyday conversations and our creative play and learning as young children using improv comedy as its metaphor. It's eye opening to see our own social skills through a new set of lenses. Already it makes me think of my interactions with others and about emotional/social intelligence in general in a completely
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r. R. Keith Sawyer, a professor of education at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, studies creativity, learning, and collaboration. After receiving his computer science degree from MIT in 1982, he began his career with a two-year stint designing videogames for Atari. His titles included Food Fight, Neon, and Magician. From 1984 to 1990, he was a principal at Kenan Systems ...more
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