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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.

Conversational Analysis and Accountability in Everyday Talk
Conversational analysis and accountability in everyday talk

It is clear that many linguistic expressions cannot be adequately understood except with reference to the context in which they are used, i.e. people using language to communicate with each other. The second theme of this book is critically concerned with talk, probably the most frequent activity we all participate in every day. The study of talk or conversation is approached in a number of different ways by disciplines within the cognitive and social sciences. Researchers in artificial intelligence, for example, will seek to encapsulate formal aspects of intentional communication to aid their understanding of how artificial systems might ‘talk’ to each other. Social psychologists and discourse analysts often look very carefully ...

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