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by Herbert H. Clark

Herbert Clark argues that language use is more than the sum of a speaker speaking and a listener listening. It is the joint action that emerges when speakers and listeners, writers and readers perform their individual actions in coordination, as ensembles. In contrast to work within the cognitive sciences, which has seen language use as an individual process, and to work within the social sciences, which has seen it as a social process, the author argues strongly that language use embodies both individual and social processes.
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ISBN: 0521567459
ISBN13: 978-0521567459
Category: Other
Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences
Author: Herbert H. Clark
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 31, 1996)
Pages: 446 pages
ePUB size: 1855 kb
FB2 size: 1244 kb
Rating: 4.8
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I have already read some Clark's papers. This book collects a lot of the themes the researcher has developed during his studies.
A very comprehensive and insightful book. Also, Clark is a fantastic writer. The focus of the book is on language, but I found it very useful for my own thinking (I'm a social psychologist interested in moral judgment and decision-making).
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Using Language is a great way to learn more of what you didn't know you already know about language and the mind.
This is a dense, important, juicy, rewarding book. Clark builds a convincing umbrella theory of language usage. The beauty is in the details, however, as he builds up concept after concept working with the simplest of actual language examples. Joint projects, common ground, grounding, layering, double tracking are some of the top level gems that popped out at me as he demonstrated them. But Clark finds little regularities, rules, and trade-offs at all levels. Every couple of pages brought out a new generality or a new insight. The book made me work and think a lot, but it was hugely worth it. Clark is very clear that his theory is about the usage rather than the structure of language. All us conversationalists know that there are tons of little messages and social adjustments in every utterance; Clark brings these situations and language strategies out like walking into a planetarium to see stars.