Small Talk: Social Functions:a Special Issues of research on Language and Social Interaction

1st Edition

Justine Coupland

Routledge
Published March 1, 2003
Reference - 112 Pages
ISBN 9780805896145 - CAT# ER6653

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Summary

This collection of papers explores the wide range of social settings, genres, and topics in which talk might, in various senses, be regarded as "small." It further explains the implied contract between "small" and (supposedly) "full" forms of talk, along with the sociopolitics such assumptions carry with them. Each of the papers, in its own way, examines how, as part of the process of fulfilling their intrinsically human needs for social cohesiveness and mutual recognition, people actively recreate the bonding and respecting behaviors, in local conversational routines, that are the social fabric of their communities. Beyond this, the papers take inquiry into small talk forward and mainly in one direction--to a richer and more diverse appreciation of the social functioning of small talk.

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