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Talk: The Science of Conversation

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 29th 2018 by Robinson
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M. Nasiri
Talk: CARM (Conversational Analytic Role-Play)
We converse spontaneously, but that doesn’t mean our conversations are random. Actually, most conversations are made up of key building blocks and follow predictable patterns. Understanding conversational elements and how they fit together is the best method for analyzing and improving how we talk, and for avoiding conversational pitfalls that create friction and misunderstandings.


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Riccardo
The book is a well written and entertaining introduction to many phenomena investigated in the analysis of the way we talk. I'm happy to have read it, but I have a couple of deep dissatisfactions (as somebody who also studies the way we talk).

1. The epistemic perspective
The book walks a difficult line between the emic perspective of Conversation Analysis (what matters is how speakers display reaction to X) and a more evidence based perspective (this is a recurrent pattern in the data) without
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Melissa Wilson
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read the blinkiest version of this. Found it interesting.
Vanessa Princessa
I read this book thanks to Blinkist.

Very fascinating stuff!
Synthia Salomon
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
“We converse spontaneously, but that doesn’t mean our conversations are random. Actually, most conversations are made up of key building blocks and follow predictable patterns. Understanding conversational elements and how they fit together is the best method for analyzing and improving how we talk, and for avoiding conversational pitfalls that create friction and misunderstandings.
Actionable advice:
Use your words!
Trying to improve communication strategies at work? Don’t reach for a tired
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Marcus Whybrow
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Useless. Postmodernist.

“Words are important.” Yes. I know. I agree.

Can we talk about that now? Some depth? No, just reams of shallow taxonomy. And postmodern preoccupations throughout!

If you’re already curious about speech, you’ll be mostly bored with this 300 page admonishment. I learned some things, mostly accidentally, mostly derived from my own thoughts.
Kirt
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I read the blinkist abridgement.
Jennifer
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this very readable with lots of conversation examples that help to dispel some of the myths of conversation (e.g. that women talk more than men). It really makes the reader think about some of the ways that we ask questions and how we might rephrase them to get better quality responses.
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