A focus on spoken interaction
An Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies - Anne McCabe
Anne McCabe [+]
Saint Louis University
Anne McCabe is a faculty member of the English Department at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain, where she teaches linguistics, ESL and writing pedagogy to undergraduate and graduate students. She has published widely on application of Systemic Functional Linguistics to analysis of educational and media texts including An Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies (Equinox).
This chapter focuses on ways of describing language which help us understand how we make sense of the world and communicate through language in spoken contexts. Thus, the chapter discusses pragmatics, or the study of meaning in use, with a focus on speech act theory, conversational implicature, politeness, and conversation analysis. Spoken discourse markers, vague language, ellipsis and intonation are further analyzed, as well as phonetics and phonology, two traditional areas of study within modern linguistics, which help us focus on the ways in which we make meaning based on the physical sounds which we produce and string together in significant ways.