Let's Talk: How English Conversation Works

Let's Talk: How English Conversation Works
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    Let's Talk: How English Conversation Works
  • Author:
    David Crystal
  • Edition:
    -
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  • Data:
    August 3, 2020
  • ISBN:
    0198850697
  • ISBN-13:
    9780198850694
  • Language:
    English
  • Pages:
    224 pages
  • Format:
    PDF

Book Description
Banter, chit-chat, gossip, natter, tete-a-tete: these are just a few of the terms for the varied ways in which we interact with one another through conversation. David Crystal explores the factors that motivate so many different kinds of talk and reveals the rules we use unconsciously, even in the most routine exchanges of everyday conversation. We tend to think of conversation as something spontaneous, instinctive, habitual. It has been described as an art, as a game, sometimes even as a battle. Whichever metaphor we use, most people are unaware of what the rules are, how they work, and how we can bend and break them when circumstances warrant it.

Content

1. GREETINGS!
2. IN THE BEGINNING . . .
3. A THOUSAND YEARS OF CONVERSATION
4. EXCHANGES
5. TAKING TURNS—OR NOT
6. INTERRUPTING
7. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
8. HOW WE TALK ABOUT IT
9. TAKING IT EASY
10. STORY-TELLING
11. STYLISTIC OPTIONS
12. THE VOCAL AND THE VISUAL
13. CONVERSATION AS THEATRE
14. ONLINE ‘CONVERSATIONS’
15. CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS
16. BREAKING THE RULES
17. DOES CONVERSATION CHANGE?
18. #ALMOST DONE

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