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Kommunikatiivse situatsiooni dünaamiline dimensioon
The dynamic dimension of a communicative situation

Author(s): Ingrid Rummo, Silvi Tenjes, Kristiina Praakli
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Eesti Rakenduslingvistika Ühing (ERÜ)
Keywords: conversational analysis; discourse analysis; communication; nonverbal language; cognition; aphasias; Patau syndrome

Summary/Abstract: The current article presents an overview of a domain which has become essential as an intersection of social sciences and the humanities: research of human communication in a real situation, among this the describing of language usage in a multimodal way including all kinds of means that are available to the collocutors or used by them. Also, a survey of previous research upon the use of language (e.g. in sociolinguistics) is provided. The communicative situation as a part of social activity includes, besides the spoken language of the communicators, also their bodily movements – glance, hand movement – and the situation as a whole. Currently research into language use serves as part of interdisciplinary investigations including conversation analysis, discourse analysis, research on multilingualism, anthropology, second language acquisition, micro sociology etc. The researches carried out by sociologists are often called conversation analysis, while the investigations made mainly by linguists and sociolinguists are referred to as discourse analysis. These two fields of research differ from each other both in their objectives and methods, and this is a point discussed in the present article.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 267-285
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Estonian