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ERIC Number: EJ857797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
Verbal Communication: From Pedagogy to Make-Believe
Melser, Derek
Language Sciences, v31 n5 p555-571 Sep 2009
This paper brings the concept of "acting in concert" to the aid of those wanting to understand the nature of verbal communication. Verbal communication is introduced as a form of concerted activity which has a management function vis-a-vis other concerted (and cooperative) activity. In the body of the paper, verbal communication is likened to other basic management practices: the simplest pedagogic techniques, the soliciting of concerted action by means of mime, collective and solo rehearsing of activity, shared make-believe, the teaching and subsequent exploiting of perceptual abilities, empathy, and the use of objects and graphics for communicative purposes. Various concluding observations are offered, concerning: the great variety of speech's managerial roles, the danger of relying on colloquial figurative ways of characterising verbal communication, the advantages of the acting-in-concert analysis, and the possibility of a future truly scientific account of verbal communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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