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Time and Temporality in Language and Human Experience

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Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Krzysztof Kosecki

Culture and language provide two essential frameworks to deal with the concept of time. They view time as observer-determined and thus shed light on multiple and often conflicting temporalities we live in, think, and talk about. Relying on empirical methods, the book explores linguistic and psychological parameters of time perception and conceptualization. It deals, among others, with temporal aspects of language acquisition, neural mechanisms of memory and attention, as well as event structures. Further chapters focus on the understanding of time in philosophy, literature, the arts, and non-verbal communication.
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Time to Talk

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James Moir, University of Abertay Dundee, UK

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This chapter is concerned with the temporal nature of talk within conversation and its relationship with interpreting and understanding what is said. Within the field of conversation analysis analysts are not concerned with how fast interlocutors are thinking as they talk with one another, but instead focus on the ways that procedural issues are attended to. This aversion to inferring mental processes has been taken up by analysts interested in examining discursive psychology through the ways in which discourse is produced in talk in terms of its orientation to psychological concerns. Such an approach shares with conversational analysis an agnostic stance with respect to underlying mental processes as the modus operandi of conversational exchanges.

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