Let’s Talk

How English Conversation Works
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ISBN-13:
9780198850694
Erscheinungsdatum:
23.04.2020
Seiten:
206
Autor:
David Crystal
Gewicht:
334 g
Format:
225x145x27 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

David Crystal is known throughout the world as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster on language. He has published extensively on the history and development of English, including Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language (2010), The Story of English in 100 Words (2011), Spell It Out: The Singular Story of English Spelling (2012), Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain (with HilaryCrystal, 2013), The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation (2016), and The Story of Be: A Verb's-Eye View of the English Language (2017).
Banter, chit-chat, gossip, natter, tete-a-tete: these are just a few of the terms for the varied ways in which we interact with one another through conversation. David Crystal explores the factors that motivate so many different kinds of talk and reveals the rules we use unconsciously, even in the most routine exchanges of everyday conversation.We tend to think of conversation as something spontaneous, instinctive, habitual. It has been described as an art, as a game, sometimes even as a battle. Whichever metaphor we use, most people are unaware of what the rules are, how they work, and how we can bend and break them when circumstances warrant it.
Banter, chit-chat, gossip, natter, tete-a-tete: these are just a few of the terms for the varied ways in which we interact with one another through conversation. David Crystal explores the factors that motivate so many different kinds of talk and reveals the rules we use unconsciously, even in the most routine exchanges of everyday conversation.
1 Greetings!; 2 In the beginning...; 3 A thousand years of conversation; 4 Exchanges; 5 Taking turns - or not; 6 Interrupting; 7 What we talk about; 8 How we talk about it; 9 Taking it easy; 10 Story-telling; 11 Stylistic options; 12 The vocal and the visual; 13 Conversation as theatre; 14 Online 'conversations'; 15 Cultural conversations; 16 Breaking the rules; 17 Does conversation change?; 18 #Almost done; Epilogue; References; Index