Deborah Tannen
 


 

Linguistics, Language,
and the Real World:
Discourse and Beyond

Edited by Deborah Tannen and James E. Alatis

Georgetown University Press, 2001

This volume gathers chapters by major scholars in the disciplines of anthropological linguistics and discourse analysis to address real‑world contexts in private and public domains, from medical interactions to political campaigns, from classroom discourse and educational policy to current affairs, and to everyday family conversations. The contributors expand the boundaries of discourse to include narrative theory, music and language, laughter in conversation, and the taking-on of others' voices in dialogue.  All chapters are based on plenary addresses presented at a Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics.

Frederick Erickson explores the musical basis of language in an elementary school classroom, while Wallace Chafe analyzes laughter in conversation. William Labov examines narratives told to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, while Deborah Schiffrin compares multiple accounts of Holocaust narratives, and Alessandro Duranti considers competing speaker and audience interpretations during a political candidate's campaign tour. Robin Lakoff uncovers contrasting narratives shared by different cultural groups with respect to such current events as the O.J. Simpson trial. Deborah Tannen examines the integration of power and connection in family relationships, while Heidi Hamilton considers accounts that diabetic patients give their doctors. Shirley Brice Heath looks at discourse strategies used by policymakers to deny research findings, and G. Richard Tucker and Richard Donato report on a successful bilingual program.

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