Confusing Discourse

Hardcover | January 15, 2010

byKarol Janicki

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We easily hear and see when people are talking and writing, but we often do not understand what they are talking or writing about. We may remain confused. This book addresses some sources of confusion in discourse and offers suggestions for diminishing it.

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We easily hear and see when people are talking and writing, but we often do not understand what they are talking or writing about. We may remain confused. This book addresses some sources of confusion in discourse and offers suggestions for diminishing it.

KAROL JANICKI is a Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author of Language Misconceived. Arguing for Applied Cognitive Sociolinguistics (2006).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.67 × 5.62 × 0.78 inPublished:January 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230232604

ISBN - 13:9780230232600

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
What Are You Talking About? - Language and Abstraction
Learning New Words - How We Develop Meaning
Words Are Not What They Refer To The Map Is Not the Territory
Words, Words, Words, and Tables, Cars and Elephants
Intensional and Extensional Orientation
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys - Two-Valued and Multi-Valued Orientation
The Unfortunate Word Is Is of Identity and Is of Predication--E Prime
Can You Tell The Difference? Non-Verbal Phenomena, Descriptions, and Inferences
Can You Imagine It? - The Role of Visualization and Context in Understanding
Discourse
No Bamboozlement, Please! - How to Disclose Others Equivocation and Make
Your Own Discourse Less Confusing and Easier To Understand A Summary and Some Warnings
Conclusion: Can We Go Bananas? Discourse and Health
Suggestions for Further Reading
References
Index