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Storytelling and Conversation
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In this intriguing book, renowned sociolinguistics experts explore the importance of discourse analysis, a process that examines patterns of language to understand how users build cooperative understanding in dialogues. It presents discourse analyses of sign languages native to Bali, Italy, England, and the United States. Studies of internal context review the use of space in ASL to discuss space, how space in BSL is used to “package” complex narrative tasks, how signers choose linguistic tools to structure storytelling, and how affect, emphasis, and comment are added in text telephone conversations. Inquiries into external contexts observe the integration of deaf people and sign language into language communities in Bali, and the language mixing that occurs between deaf parents and their hearing children. Both external and internal contexts are viewed together, first in an examination of applying internal ASL text styles to teaching written English to Deaf students and then in a consideration of the language choices of interpreters who must shift footing to manage the “interpreter’s paradox.” Storytelling and Conversation casts new light on discourse analysis, which will make it a welcome addition to the sociolinguistics canon.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Editorial Advisory Board
  2. p. vii
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. viii
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  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. PART ONE: INTERNAL CONTEXT
  2. p. 1
  1. Talking about Space with Space: Describing Environments in ASL
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. Event Packaging in British Sign Language Discourse
  2. pp. 27-58
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  1. Storytelling in the Visual Mode: A Comparison of ASL and English
  2. pp. 59-82
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  1. Affect, Emphasis, and Comment in Text Telephone Conversations
  2. pp. 83-106
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  1. PART TWO: EXTERNAL CONTEXT
  2. p. 107
  1. Sign Languages as a Natural Part of the Linguistic Mosaic: The Impact of Deaf People on Discourse Forms in North Bali, Indonesia
  2. pp. 109-148
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  1. Italian Sign Language and Spoken Italian in Contact: An Analysis of Interactions between Deaf Parents and Hearing Children
  2. pp. 149-161
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  1. GET-TO-THE-POINT: Academic Bilingualism and Discourse in American Sign Language and Written English
  2. pp. 162-189
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  1. Footing Shifts in an Interpreted Mock Interview
  2. pp. 190-217
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-227
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