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Acquiring conversational competence

1st Edition

By Elinor Ochs, Bambi B. Schieffelin


220 pages

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First published in 1983, this book represents a substantial body of detailed research on children’s language and communication, and more generally on the nature of interactive spoken discourse. It looks at areas of competence often examined in young children’s speech have that have not been described for adults — leading to insights not only in the character of adult conversation but also the process of acquiring this competence. The authors set forward strategies for conversing at different stage of life, while also relating these strategies to, and formulating hypotheses concerning, the dynamics of language variation and change.

Table of Contents

General Editor’s preface; Acknowledgements; Foreword by Dell Hymes; Preface; Part I Constructing conversation; 1 Conversational competence in children E. Ochs Keenan 2 Making it last: repetition in children’s discourse E. Ochs Keenan 3 Evolving discourse — the next step E. Ochs Keenan 4 Looking and talking: the functions of gaze direction in the conversations of a young child and her mother Bambi B. Schieffelin 5 Topic as a discourse notion: a study of topic in the conversations of children and adults E. Ochs Keenan and Bambi B. Schieffelin 6 Questions of immediate concern E. Ochs Keenan, Bambi B. Schieffelin and Martha Platt; Part II Using discourse and syntax to express propositions; 7 Planned and unplanned discourse E. Ochs 8 Foregrounding referents: a reconsideration of left dislocation in discourse E. Ochs and Bambi B. Schieffelin; Part III Cross-cultural perspectives on caregiver-child communication; 9 Talking like birds: sounds play in a cultural perspective Bambi B. Schieffelin 10 Cultural dimensions of language acquisition E. Ochs; Bibliography; Author Index; Subject Index

About the Series

RLE: Discourse Analysis

Discourse analysis is a wide ranging area of study that examines the features of language beyond the limits of a sentence — including vocal, written and sign language, along with any significant semiotic events. It has been employed from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives in an attempt to reveal a person’s socio-psychological characteristics through the practical analysis of naturally-occurring language rather than artificially created examples.

Routledge Library Editions: Discourse Analysis brings together an extensive collection of scholarship that reflects the broad scope of the subject area, examining the relationship of discourse to a number of closely related fields including stylistics, pragmatics, speech, conversation, context, anaphora, grammar and psychology. This set, published between 1979 and 1993, provides a thorough grounding in this key discipline for students of linguistics and psychology, and social sciences in general.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics