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Verbal Communication by Louis de Saussure, Andrea Rocci

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Catherine Kerbrat-Orecchioni39

9Conversation and interaction

Abstract: In an interactionist perspective, communication is no longer conceived of as a transfer of information from an encoding subject to a decoding recipient but as a process of co-construction implying constant re-adjustments between participants. Initially anchored in sociology, this approach envisages the various types of discourse as socially situated practices however without overlooking its cognitive aspects. In this chapter, we first give an overview of the trends of research that inspired the analysis of verbal interactions (Goffmanian sociology, ethnography of communication, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, interactionist psychology and Relevance theory). Then ...

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