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Language, Action, Interaction

Badio, Janusz / Ciepiela, Kamila (eds.)

Language, Action, Interaction

Series: Lodz Studies in Language - Volume 31

Year of Publication: 2013

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 146 pp., 15 b/w fig., 4 tables
ISBN 978-3-631-64428-7 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.290 kg, 0.639 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book is a collection of articles covering the theme of interaction. Interaction combines two crucial elements: the intrapersonal and the interpersonal. Accordingly, the authors approach this issue from two complementary perspectives: from the internal and external or cognitive and social perspective. The papers that take the former perspective focus on cognitive bases of interaction, on the representation of motion, on metaphor and metonymy, or gestures, perception and cognition. The topic that dominates the papers that take the social stance towards the topic of interaction is identity. By applying a variety of new analytical tools and concepts, the authors show how we build images of ourselves through language, how society and institutions mould us into different categories, and how we negotiate our membership of these categories.


Contents: Janusz Badio/Kamila Ciepiela: Theoretical Perspectives on Interaction as a Cognitive and Social Phenomenon – Janusz Badio: Quantitative and Qualitative Aspects of Events in Polish-native and English-foreign Verbalizations of a Video Narrative Sequence – Myriam Boulin: Motion in Interaction: a Contrastive Study of French, English and Chinese – Krzysztof Kosecki: Metonymy as a Form of Expressing Identity in Phonic and Signed Languages – Lidia Khesed: Impolite Gesture in Russian Language: Definition, Typology and Cultural Specifications – Paulina Biały: Sociolinguistic Contexts of Using Diminutives in Polish – Agnieszka Stępkowska: Identity and Language Ideologies: the Swiss Case – Ewa Glapka: Do Girls Just Want to Have Fun? Identities of Teenage Media Consumers in Talk – Kamila Ciepiela/Barbara Frankowska: Performance of Identities in the Queen of England’s Public Speeches.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Janusz Badio is Assistant Professor at the Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź (Poland). His scholarly interests focus on the production of speech, on the construal of events, and experimental methods in cognitive linguistics.
Kamila Ciepiela holds a PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Łódź (Poland). Her research interests span issues of the self and identity in discourses of second or foreign language learning and teaching, and how the two are embedded in other discourse practices.


Lodz Studies in Language. Vol. 31
Edited by Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk