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Authors/Editors: Gumperz, John J.
Title: Discourse strategies.
Year: 1982
Publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge UP
Pages: xii + 225
Publication type: Book — monograph
Language: English
Keyword(s): code-switching ; communicative style ; contextualization cue ; conversational strategy ; culture ; interethnic context ; language shift ; political language ; prosody ; social context
Annotation: On the basis of a decade of field studies of verbal communication in India, Europe, and the U.S., G. develops an interpretative sociolinguistic approach to processes and strategies in face-to-face encounters, such as code switching, the effects of language shift, the use of prosody, contextualization cues, the use of socio-cultural knowledge, problems of interethnic communication, ethnic styles and political rhetoric.


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