Language in Time: The Rhythm and Tempo of Spoken Interaction

Language in Time: The Rhythm and Tempo of Spoken Interaction

Language in Time: The Rhythm and Tempo of Spoken Interaction

Language in Time: The Rhythm and Tempo of Spoken Interaction

Synopsis

The authors here promote the reintroduction of temporality into the description and analysis of spoken interaction. They argue that spoken words are, in fact, temporal objects and that unless linguists consider how they are delivered within the context of time, they will not capture the full meaning of situated language use. Their approach is rigorously empirical, with analyses of English, German, and Italian rhythm, all grounded in sequences of actual talk-in-interaction.
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