Language in Social Worlds

Mac Thu Yen tmac at BLACKWELLPUB.COM
Wed Sep 18 15:09:04 UTC 2002

Dear listserv members,

I am writing to let you know that Language in Social Worlds by Peter Robinson is now available for sale at a 20% discount!

Language in Social Worlds
By Peter Robinson

This is a comprehensive text on language and communication, written from a social psychological perspective. It shows how language and non-verbal activities are integrated in the process of communication and looks at what language is used for and how it works in context.

Assuming that students have not previously studied language at tertiary level, the author first introduces them to the constituent parts of language, how they fit together, and how they facilitate communication. Succeeding chapters take the functions of language in turn and illustrate how the particular units and structure operate to serve these functions. For each topic the author provides a brief review, evidence about the roles of verbal and non-verbal activity, an evaluation of the current state of knowledge in that area, and suggestions for future research. Throughout the book, a variety of complementary psychological and linguistic perspectives are represented. In all cases, descriptions and explanations are accompanied by data and experimental findings, ensuring a balanced approach.

September 2002
392 pages; 6 x 9 in
ISBN: 0631193359    $62.95
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Table of Contents

1. Contextual Framework for Social Psychology of Language in Communication: Aims and Issues
2. Language in and out of Context: Structure and Substance.
3. Functions of Language.
4. Non-Verbal Communication in Non-Human Creatures
5. Human Non-Verbal Communication
6. Encounter Regulation and Conversation
7. Regulation of States and Behavior of Self and Others
8. Regulation and Marking of Social Relationships: Shaking Hands
9. Terms of Address and Reference, and Being Polite
10. Marking of States, Identities, and Settings: Issues
11. Marking of States, Identities, and Settings: Data and Their Interpretation
12. The Representational Function (F7)
13. Mass-Mediated Communication: Spirals of Spin and Broken Swords of Truth
14. Representation and Regulation: Their Relevance to Social Class
15. Five Theories and a Representation-As-Default Thesis
16. Retrospect and Prospect


Thank you,
Thu Yen Mac
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