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Although much of the work we do is achieved through talk, we still understand relatively little about the nature of communication within professional groups. Drawing on extensive recordings and interviews from three different professional settings, Language and Professional Identity explores the fascinating interactional world of such groups, offering insights that will be relevant to trainers and managers as well as to the applied linguistics and communication specialists for whom it is primarily intended. Keith Richards reveals the subtle and surprising ways in which professional groups construct and reinforce shared identity and how this generates professional dividends - at considerable risk. Particular attention is paid to aspects of professional talk such as argument, anecdote and humour, all appropriated and exploited by collaborative groups in unexpected but systematic ways. As well as highlighting the drawbacks and advantages of collaborative talk, the book also points to ways of improving professional performance through improving interaction.


Description

Although much of the work we do is achieved through talk, we still understand relatively little about the nature of communication within professional groups. Drawing on extensive recordings and interviews from three different professional settings, Language and Professional Identity explores the fascinating interactional world of such groups, offering insights that will be relevant to trainers and managers as well as to the applied linguistics and communication specialists for whom it is primarily intended. Keith Richards reveals the subtle and surprising ways in which professional groups construct and reinforce shared identity and how this generates professional dividends - at considerable risk. Particular attention is paid to aspects of professional talk such as argument, anecdote and humour, all appropriated and exploited by collaborative groups in unexpected but systematic ways. As well as highlighting the drawbacks and advantages of collaborative talk, the book also points to ways of improving professional performance through improving interaction.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Transcription Conventions
Introduction
Collaborative Identity: The Power of the Group
Staying Onside: The Negotiation of Argument
The Joke's on Them: Varieties of Humour in Collaborative Talk
The Interactional Dynamic: Stories From the Back Region
Seeing Things Our Way: The Establishment of Common Perspectives
Us and Them: Constructing the Other
Conclusion
References
Index


Authors

KEITH RICHARDS is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Warwick, UK. Previously he was Director of the Language Studies Unit of Aston University in Birmingham. He is author of Qualitative Inquiry in TESOL and joint editor, with Paul Seedhouse, of Applying Conversation Analysis.