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In contrast to work within the cognitive sciences, which sees language use as an individual process, and to work within the social sciences, which sees it as a social process, this text argues strongly that language use embodies both individual and social processes.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 16th 1996 by Cambridge University Press
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The book introduces and facilitates arguments about how the act of communication with spoken or written language is an instance of joint action between speakers that requires coordination and is based on the exploitation of the mutual expected believes - common ground. It gives convincing arguments with plenty of illustrative examples.
Oh, I liked this book just fine. The jargon is introduced with examples and ample discussion, and the text never seems overly technical or infuriatingly abstract. That said, the book is for folks who care about the details of discourse and the organization of spoken language. Clark treats discourse as a collection of joint projects between participants and examines the signals that they send to each other to facilitate understanding. If you want an introduction to Clark's grand view of dialog, t ...more