Apa Handbook of Interpersonal Communication

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2010-04-01
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When we use language to interact with one another, we become involved in a continuous and dynamic process of exchange. This makes it a fascinating area for behavioral research. During the give-and-take of discourse, the communicators exchange facts, ideas, views, opinions, emotions, and intentions in such a way as to enhance or impede social relationships; create, maintain, and adapt identities; and create or resolve conflicts. In this handbook, distinguished contributors apply the problem-solving perspectives of applied linguistics to answer some fundamental questions: How do our interpersonal relations manifest themselves in language? What is the role of language in developing and maintaining relationships through interpersonal communication? What types of problems occur in interpersonal communication and what kinds of strategies do we use to solve them? How does interpersonal linguistic communication interact with other semiotic modes? The volume is divided into two parts that examine both theoretical and applied topics. Thus, the contributors critically appraise the relevance of applied linguistics to not only understanding but also solving everyday language-related problems.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Theoretical Perspectivesp. 1
Social Psychology and Personal Relationships: Accommodation and Relational Influence Across Time and Contextsp. 3
Face-to-Face Communication and Body Languagep. 17
Technically-Medicated Interpersonal Communicationp. 57
Feeling Space: Interpersonal Communication and Spatial Semioticsp. 77
Relational Work, Politeness, and Identity Constructionp. 111
Humor, Jokes, and Irony Versus Mocking, Gossip, and Black Humorp. 139
Praising and Blaming, Applauding, and Disparaging-Solidarity, Audience Positioning, and the Linguistics of Evaluative Dispositionp. 161
Applied Interpersonal Communicationp. 185
Everyday Communication and Socializingp. 187
Counseling, Diagnostics, and Therapyp. 215
Youth, Discourse, and Interpersonal Managementp. 235
Language and Discourse Skills of Elderly Peoplep. 253
Nonverbal Communicative Competencep. 273
Media Competencep. 289
Indexp. 319
About the Editorp. 327
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