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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.

Processes and Procedures in Conversational Interaction
Processes and procedures in conversational interaction

The analysis of everyday conversation might strike many people as the study of the commonplace, the prosaic and the obvious. It is one of those phenomena whose structure and function you rarely notice until something starts to go wrong with it. One aim of this chapter is to show that the study of conversation is fascinating in itself, providing unique insights into how people manage their interactions, conceive of their roles and relations with each other, and maybe even contest and re-conceptualise their identities. Moreover, it will become clear that within the psychology of language the use of conversational analysis is having considerable influence on many applied problems, for example in health, developmental, clinical ...

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