Intimate discourse - that between couples, family and close friends
in private, non-professional settings - lies at the heart of our
everyday linguistic experience. It creates and sustains our closest
relationships. Using an innovative blend of the community of
practice model with a corpus linguistic methodology, Brian Clancy
expertly reveals the patterns that characterise the shared
linguistic repertoire of intimates. Corpus methods such as
frequency and concordance are thoroughly introduced, exemplified
and systematically employed in order to operationalise the concept
of the community of practice in relation to intimate discourse. A
half-million-word corpus of intimate data collected in various
settings throughout Ireland provides the data for insights into
patterns such as intimates' use of pronouns, vocatives, taboo
language and pragmatic markers. The intimate linguistic repertoire
that emerges is shown to facilitate the delicate balance between
our instinctive desire to be involved in the lives of those closest
to us while at the same time recognising their need for privacy and
non-imposition. Investigating Intimate Discourse will primarily be
of interest to postgraduate students and researchers working in the
area, and to those working in related areas such as discourse
analysis, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics and pragmatics.
Advanced undergraduates taking modules in those subjects will also
find the book useful.
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