Acknowledgments -- Part I : Argument -- Talk and identity : Why is understanding the link between everyday talk and identity so important? ; Logic of conversation : information exchange? ; Interactional meanings and identity-work ; What does identity mean? ; What are discursive practices? ; Linking discursive practices and identities ; Summary -- Two perspectives : Rhetorical perspective ; Cultural perspective ; Relationship between the rhetorical and the cultural perspectives ; Summary -- Part II : Talk's building blocks -- Person-referencing practices : Marital names ; Personal address ; Ethnicity- and race-linked references ; Gender-linked references ; Membership categorization device ; Summary -- Speech acts : Philosophical background ; Links between speech acts and identities ; Especially face-threatening speech acts ; Summary -- Sound of talk : Transcription ; Identity-work of paralinguistic devices ; Meanings of stable features of voice ; Dialect or accent ; Summary -- Language selection : Identity implications of language choice and code switching ; Speaking English and American identity ; Summary -- Part III : Complex discourse practices --Interaction structures : Adjacency pairs ; Turn taking ; Turn taking in institutional encounters ; Remedial interchange ; Speech community differences ; Summary -- Direct or indirect style : Speech acts ; Other facets of style directness ; Summary -- Narratives : Everyday narratives and their key features ; functions of narratives ; Cultural differences ; Summary -- Stance indicators : Interest and involvement (and their opposites) ; Marked and unmarked forms ; Stance indicator with multiple meanings : deceit? ; Summary -- Part IV : Conclusion -- Final thoughts : Little stuff and big effects ; Multiple communicative goals and dilemmas ; Talk and institutional identity ; Seeing double : a gift, not a distortion ; Communicative effectiveness and phronesis.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-225) and index.