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Author Enfield, N. J.

Title How we talk [Overdrive electronic resource] : the inner workings of conversation / N. J Enfield.

Imprint 2017.
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Summary An expert guide to how conversation works, from how we know when to speak to why huh is a universal wordWe all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language.Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance—signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally—and uniquely—human.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. New York : Basic Books, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 5395 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject Discourse analysis -- Psychological aspects.
Conversation.
Genre Electronic books.
Other Form: Original 9780465059942
ISBN 9781541615953 (electronic bk)
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