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A comprehensive textbook, Psychology of Language examines both the formal/structural aspects of linguistics and psycholinguistics and the concerns of sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, and social semiotics. In a clear and lively presentation, author Michael A. Forrester discusses three levels of communication: Thinking, the cognitive processes of self-communication; Talk, with an emphasis on everyday conversational behavior; Text, including the study of reading and writing

Within these areas, Forrester introduces a wide range of subjects, from language structure, semantics, and deixis to conversation, power relations in language, interpretation, and postmodern psychology.

Thorough and informative, Psychology of Language provides students of linguistics, sociolinguistics, rhetoric, and social psychology with a critical overview that integrates diverse themes.

Writing and the Construction of Narrative Text
Writing and the construction of narrative text

Living, as we do, in a ‘literate’ culture, we often have difficulty in thinking about language without thinking about the written word. The signs and symbols we know as letters and words are so much part of our culture that it takes a considerable leap of the imagination to go back to what our earliest experience of language was, i.e. as sound. As children our task (in acquiring language) was all about learning how to make sounds such that other people responded to them as meaningful utterances. Only when our noises were heard by others as being justifiable attempts at communication did we enter and become part of the ‘discursive’ social world. ...

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