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Do you usually think you are being understood? Do you think you really understand others? Have you, as many have, become so accustomed to confusion that you don't recognize it except when it is extreme? This book identifies and addresses some of the sources of confusion in discourse and offers ways of diminishing it.

Confusing Discourse is intended primarily for graduate students of language in linguistics, foreign languages, and in communication departments. However it may also be found useful to advanced undergraduates focusing on confusing discourse, understood as part of the phenomenon of discourse in general. This book may also be recommended to anyone trying to find out how language works and how its use and abuse relates to palpable everyday life problems.


Description

Do you usually think you are being understood? Do you think you really understand others? Have you, as many have, become so accustomed to confusion that you don't recognize it except when it is extreme? This book identifies and addresses some of the sources of confusion in discourse and offers ways of diminishing it.

Confusing Discourse is intended primarily for graduate students of language in linguistics, foreign languages, and in communication departments. However it may also be found useful to advanced undergraduates focusing on confusing discourse, understood as part of the phenomenon of discourse in general. This book may also be recommended to anyone trying to find out how language works and how its use and abuse relates to palpable everyday life problems.


Contents

Preface
Introduction
What Are You Talking About? - Language and Abstraction
Learning New Words - How We Develop Meaning
Words Are Not What They Refer To – The Map Is Not the Territory
Words, Words, Words…, and Tables, Cars and Elephants –
Intensional and Extensional Orientation
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys - Two-Valued and Multi-Valued Orientation
The Unfortunate Word 'Is' – Is of Identity and Is of Predication; E –Prime
Can You Tell The Difference? –Non-Verbal Phenomena, Descriptions, and Inferences
Can You Imagine It? - The Role of Visualization and Context in Understanding
Discourse
No Bamboozlement, Please! - How to Disclose Others' Equivocation and Make
Your Own Discourse Less Confusing and Easier To Understand – A Summary and Some Warnings
Conclusion: Can We Go Bananas? – Discourse and Health
Suggestions for Further Reading
References
Index


Authors

KAROL JANICKI is a Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author of Language Misconceived. Arguing for Applied Cognitive Sociolinguistics (2006).