Speakers, Listeners and Communication: Explorations in Discourse Analysis by Gillian BrownSpeakers, Listeners and Communication: Explorations in Discourse Analysis by Gillian Brown

Speakers, Listeners and Communication: Explorations in Discourse Analysis

byGillian Brown

Paperback | November 13, 1996

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Gillian Brown draws on a wide range of examples of discourse analysis to explore the ways in which speakers and listeners use language collaboratively to talk about what they can see in front of them and about a series of events. The focus of her attention is on the listener's role, as the listener tries to make sense of what the speaker says in a highly constrained context; and her cognitive/pragmatic approach to discourse analysis both complements and challenges current sociological/anthropological perspectives on the subject.
Title:Speakers, Listeners and Communication: Explorations in Discourse AnalysisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:November 13, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521587050

ISBN - 13:9780521587051

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Table of Contents

1. Speakers, listeners, and communication; 2. The map task method; 3. Identifying features in a landscape; 4. Guiding the listener through the landscape; 5. The stolen letter task: understanding reference to individuals in a narrative; 6. Understanding narratives; 7. The listener and discourse comprehension.

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In this study Gillian Brown draws on a wide range of examples of discourse analysis to explore the ways in which speakers and listeners use language collaboratively to talk about what they can see in front of them and about a series of events. She examines the conditions under which communication is successful, and the conditions under which it sometimes fails. The focus of her attention is upon the listener's role, as the listener tries to make sense of what the speaker says in a highly constrained context; and her cognitive/pragmatic approach to discourse analysis both complements and challenges the sociological/anthropological perspectives on the subject which currently predominate.

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"This book is an excellent text. The author writes clearly and easily, making the book appropriate both for scholars in the field and for students in communication. Brown also clearly establishes the theoretical underpinnings for her examination, a task not always so thoroughly undertaken by so many of today's scholars. This book illustrates solid qulitative research, and should also serve as a stepping stone for further research by other scholars. I only hope that Gillian Brown continues her line of research and I look forward to her next publication." L. Todd Thomas, Quarterly Journal of Speech