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N. J. Enfield et Jack Sidnell - The Concept of Action.
When people do things with words, how do we know what they are doing ? Many scholars have assumed a category of things called actions : "requests", "proposals",... Lire la suite
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When people do things with words, how do we know what they are doing ? Many scholars have assumed a category of things called actions : "requests", "proposals", "complaints", "excuses". The idea is both convenient and intuitive, but, as this book argues, it is a spurious concept of action. In interaction, a person's primary task is to decide how to respond, not to label what someone just did. The labelling of actions is a meta-level process, appropriate only when we wish to draw attention to others' behaviours in order to quiz, sanction, praise, blame, or otherwise hold them to account.
This book develops a new account of action grounded in certain fundamental ideas about the nature of human sociality : that social conduct is naturally interpreted as purposeful ; that human behaviour is shaped under a tyranny of social accountability ; and that language is our central resource for social action and reaction.

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N. J. Enfield is Professor of Linguistics at The University of Sydney, and director of the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC). Among his more recent books are Relationship Thinking : Agency, Enchrony, and Human Sociality (2013), Natural Causes of Language (2014), The Utility of Meaning (2015), and The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology (Cambridge, 2014, co-edited with Paul Kockelman and Jack Sidnell).
Jack Sidnell is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Conversation Analysis : An Introduction (2010), the editor of Conversation Analysis : Comparative Perspectives (Cambridge, 2009) and co-editor of Conversational Repair and Human Understanding (Cambridge, 2013), The Handbook of Conversation Analysis (2012), and The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology (Cambridge, 2014).

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