New book: Taboada, Building Coherence and Cohesion

Maite Taboada mtaboada at
Wed Dec 22 21:17:16 UTC 2004

Apologies for cross-postings, and for the self-promotion, but I thought 
list members would be interested in my book, which has appeared just in 
time for the holidays.

Details below. The flyer attached contains an order form (also downloadable 
from my web page).


Building Coherence and Cohesion: Task-oriented dialogue in English and Spanish
María Teresa Taboada
Simon Fraser University

This book examines the resources that speakers employ when building
conversations. These resources contribute to overall coherence and cohesion,
which speakers create and maintain interactively as they build on each
other’s contributions. The study is cross-linguistic, drawing on parallel
corpora of task-oriented dialogues between dyads of native speakers of
English and Spanish. The framework of the investigation is the analysis of
speech genres and their staging; the analysis shows that each stage in the
dialogues exhibits different thematic, rhetorical, and cohesive relations.
The main contributions of the book are: a corpus-based characterization
of a spoken genre (task-oriented dialogue); the compilation of a body of
analysis tools for generic analysis; application of English-based analyses
to Spanish and comparison between the two languages; and a study of
the characteristics of each generic stage in task-oriented dialogue.

Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 129. 2004. xvii, 264 pp.

Hb  1 58811 563 1 / USD 138.00  --  90 272 5372 2 / EUR 115.00


Maite Taboada
Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr.
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6, Canada

Tel: 604-291-5585 - Fax: 604-291-5659
mtaboada at   -

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