Understanding Face-To-Face Interaction: Issues Linking Goals and Discourse

Synopsis

Challenging current work in communication and social psychology that assumes face-to-face interaction can be adequately understood without attending to discourse expression, this volume examines how people's goals, concerns, and intentions can be related to discourse expression. The text discusses discourse-goal linkages in specific face-to-face encounters such as courtroom exchanges, marital counseling, and intellectual discussions, as well as in more general theoretical dilemmas. Because it poses a new set of questions about social actors' motivations and pre-interactional goals, this volume offers a new direction for discourse study -- one that seriously considers the thinking and strategy involved in human communication.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Robyn Penman
  • Scott Jacobs
  • Sally Jackson
  • Susan Stearns
  • Barbara Hall
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Hillsdale, NJ
Publication year:
  • 1991