How We Talk: The Inner Workings of Conversation

ISBN9780465059942
PublisherHACHETTE BOOK GROUP
Published2017/11/14
Pages272
AuthorN. J. Enfield
FormatHardcover
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.5 in.
Width5.9 in.
Depth1.0 in.

How We Talk: The Inner Workings of Conversation

N. J. Enfield

Hardcover

2017/11/14

An expert guide to how conversation works, from how we know when to speak to why huh is a universal word
 
We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of umuh-huhohlike, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language.
Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance--signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally--and uniquely--human.
 
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N. J. Enfield

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ISBN9780465059942
PublisherHACHETTE BOOK GROUP
Published2017/11/14
Pages272
AuthorN. J. Enfield
FormatHardcover
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.5 in.
Width5.9 in.
Depth1.0 in.

Synopsis

An expert guide to how conversation works, from how we know when to speak to why huh is a universal word
 
We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of umuh-huhohlike, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language.
Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance--signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally--and uniquely--human.
 
Buy How We Talk: The Inner Workings of Conversation  by N. J. Enfield at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

"[Enfield's] sparkling book, How We Talk, sets out to show that the power of the 'conversation machine' is as astonishing as any of our grammatical achievements, and that how we direct our fast-paced exchanges challenges how we think about human nature."

– New Scientist

"Enfield opens a window on linguistic dimensions far beyond grammar."

– Nature

"In Enfield's analysis, human conversation across cultures is defined by a social unease that begins to develop after a break of 600 milliseconds or so. One of the primary purposes of ums and ahhs is a kindness to those around us, a fulfilling of a neighborly duty that keeps others from growing worried or disengaged from the social encounter... Persuasive."

– Washington Free Beacon