We want your feedback!
Click here
cover image of How We Talk

How We Talk

The Inner Workings of Conversation

by N. J. Enfield

ebook

Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today

An expert guide to how conversation works, from how we know when to speak to why huh is a universal word


We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language.

Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance—signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally—and uniquely—human.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication Date:
2017

Format

  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read 5.2 MB
  • Adobe EPUB eBook 5.2 MB
How We Talk
Copy and paste the code into your website.