Language as Social Action Social Psychology and Language Use

ISBN-10: 0805841776

ISBN-13: 9780805841770

Edition: 2001

Authors: Thomas M. Holtgraves

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This interdisciplinary synthesis of the social psychological aspects of language use provides an integrative and timely review of language as social action. The book successfully weaves together research from philosophy, linguistics, sociolinguistics, anthropology, social and cognitive psychology, pragmatics, and artificial intelligence. In this way, it clearly demonstrates how many aspects of social life are mediated by language and how understanding language use requires an understanding of its social dimension. Topics covered include: *speech act theory and indirect speech acts; *politeness and the interpersonal determinants of language; *language and impression management and person perception; *conversational structure, perspective taking; and *language and social thought. This volume should serve as a valuable resource for students and researchers in social psychology and communication who want a clear presentation of the linguistic underpinnings of social interaction. It will also be useful to cognitive psychologists and other language researchers who want a thorough examination of the social psychological underpinnings of language use. Although this book is relevant for a variety of disciplines, it is written in a clear and straightforward style that will be accessible for readers regardless of their orientation.
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List price: $56.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction: The Social Bases of Language and Linguistic Underpinnings of Social Behavior
Linguistic Underpinnings of Social Processes
Social Bases of Language
Overview of Major Themes
Language Use as Action
Language Use as Interpersonal Action
Language Use as Contextualized Action
Language Use as Coordinated Action
Language Use as Thoughtful Action
Speech Acts and Intentions: The Things We Do With Words
John Austin and the Development of Speech Act Theory
John Searle: Speech Act Taxonomy and Felicity Conditions
Speech Acts and Intentions
Recognizing Illocutionary Force: How Do People Know What Others Are Doing With Their Words?
Indirect Speech Acts
Inferential Approaches
Grice's Theory of Conversational Implicature
Idiomatic Approaches
Comprehending Indirect Speech Acts: Psycholinguistic Evidence
Particularized versus Generalized Implicatures
The Interpersonal Underpinnings of Talk: Face Management and Politeness
Politeness and Language Production
Goffman, Face, and Face-Work
Brown and Levinson's Politeness Theory
Brown and Levinson's Politeness Strategies
Off-Record Politeness
Negative Politeness
Positive Politeness
Interpersonal Determinants of Politeness
Evaluation of Politeness Theory
Ordering of Politeness Strategies
Effects of Interpersonal Variables
Status of the Face Concept
Politeness and Comprehension
The Interpersonal Consequences of Talk: Impression Management and Person Perception
Social Variation
Language Styles or Registers
Extralinguistic Variables
Content Variables
Stylistic Variation
Politeness and Impressions
Accommodation Theory
Conversational Rule Violations and Impressions
Conversational Structure
Conversation Analysis
Adjacency Pairs
Preference Agreement
Opening and Closing Conversations
Adjacency Pairs and Speech Act Theory
Turn Taking and Repair
Extended Turns at Talk
Conversational Coherence
Labov and Fanschel's Therapeutic Discourse
Artificial Intelligence Approaches to Conversational Structure
Conversational Perspective Taking
The Nature of Perspective Taking
Common Ground and Mutual Knowledge
Empirical Research on perspective Taking
Do Speakers Attempt to Take the Hearer's Perspective?
How Good Are People at Taking Another's Perspective?
Conversational Interaction and Common Ground
Perspective Taking, Attitudes, and Speech Acts
Perspective Taking and Speech Act Recognition
Language and Social Thought
Early Tests of the Whorf-Sapir Hypothesis
Issues and Recent Research
Language Use
Implicit Causality
The Linguistic Category Model
Explanations of Implicit Causality
Conversational Pragmatics and Cognition
Summary: Language as Social Action
Language as Action
Language as Contextualized Action
Language as Interpersonal Action--Interpersonal Determinants
Language as Interpersonal Action--Interpersonal Consequences
Language as Thoughtful Action
Language as Coordinated Action
Linguistic Underpinnings of Social Behavior
Person Perception and Impression Management
Social Reasoning
Attitudes and Prejudice
Aggression, Altruism, and Beyond
Social Bases of Language Use
Author Index
Subject Index
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