How We Talk
The Inner Workings of Conversation
N. J. Enfield
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
An expert guide to how conversation works, from how we know when to speak to why huh is a universal word
We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language.Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance--signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally--and uniquely--human.
- Category: Life Sciences
- Published: Nov 14, 2017
- Publisher: Basic Books
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 272 Pages
- Language: English