Originally published in 1990. Each of the 12 chapters in this book build upon an approach to the analysis of spoken and written texts that is centred upon the recipient rather than the producer, for the abilities of listeners and readers deserve much attention. This book should be of interest to students and lecturers of linguistics, literary studies, English, education, communication studies and psychology.
Introduction Graham McGregor and R.S. White Part 1: Contexts of Responsiveness 1. Attending the Hearing: Listening in Legal Settings Peter Goodrich 2. Therapeutic Listening Richard G. Tedeschi 3. ‘Listening In’: Negotiating Relationships Between Listeners and Presenters on Radio Phone-in Programmes Deborah Cameron and Deborah Hills 4. Who is Context? John Pellowe Part 2: Listener Response and Communication 5. Eavesdropper Response and the Analysis of Everyday Communicative Events Graham McGregor 6. Accomodating Troubles-talk: The Management of Elderly Self-disclosure Nikolas Coupland, Karen Henwood, Justine Coupland and Howard Giles 7. The Interpreter as Listener: An Observation of Response in the Oral Mode of Translating Ian Mason 8. Responsive Listening as Part of Religious Rhetoric: The Case of Black Pentecostal Preaching Christine Callender and Deborah Cameron Part 3: Responsive Readers 9. Where Interpretation Stops Robert Sharpe 10. ‘You Will Use My Words to Make Your Own Meaning’: Listening to Nadine Gordimer’s Burger’s Daughter Christine Devonshire and Susan Cordwell 11. Responding to the Word: Problems and Pitfalls in Interpreting the Bible Mark Corner 12. The Birth of the Reader R. S. White