Therapeutic Ways with Words

Paperback | April 1, 1994

byKathleen Warden Ferrara

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Therapeutic Ways with Words provides a unique glimpse into language use in psychotherapy, an important speech event which has previously been shrouded in mystery. This important book shows how both clients and therapists accomplish their aims through language, which, paradoxically, is both themethod of diagnosis and the medium of treatment in this cultural practice. With a discourse analysis of tape recordings and transcripts of actual psychotherapy sessions enhanced by a variety of ethnographic observations, Kathleen Warden Ferrara explores the skillful and creative uses of language inthe complicated speech event of psychotherapy. Shedding light on discourse practices such as retellings of personal experience narrative, jointly constructed sentences and metaphorical extensions, and strategic uses of repetition, the study emphasizes the interactive nature of all discourse andshows how language is mutually constructed as people interweave pieces of their own and others' sentences, metaphors, and narratives.

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Therapeutic Ways with Words provides a unique glimpse into language use in psychotherapy, a major speech event which has previously been shrouded in mystery. This important book shows how both clients and therapists accomplish their aims through language, which, paradoxically, is both the method of diagnosis and the medium of treatment...

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Therapeutic Ways with Words provides a unique glimpse into language use in psychotherapy, an important speech event which has previously been shrouded in mystery. This important book shows how both clients and therapists accomplish their aims through language, which, paradoxically, is both themethod of diagnosis and the medium of treat...

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Therapeutic Ways with Words provides a unique glimpse into language use in psychotherapy, a major speech event which has previously been shrouded in mystery. This important book shows how both clients and therapists accomplish their aims through language, which, paradoxically, is both the method of diagnosis and the medium of treatment...

Kathleen Warden Ferrara is at Texas AandM University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:April 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195083385

ISBN - 13:9780195083385

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Therapeutic Ways with Words provides a unique glimpse into language use in psychotherapy, a major speech event which has previously been shrouded in mystery. This important book shows how both clients and therapists accomplish their aims through language, which, paradoxically, is both the method of diagnosis and the medium of treatment in this cultural practice.

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"A contribution to the field of sociolinguistics."--Language