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Tannen, 1998. Social Research 65(3):631-651

Oh Talking Voice That Is So Sweet: The Poetic Nature of Conversation
Deborah Tannen

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Conversation
Arien Mack, Editor
Michael Schober
Volume 65, No. 3 (Fall 1998): 631-651

ABSTRACT: This article examines the mesmerizing effect of spoken language in everyday conversation on literary discourse. Ordinary conversation is made up of linguistic strategies that have been thought quintessentially literary. These strategies, which are shaped and elaborated in literary discourse, are pervasive, spontaneous, and functional in ordinary conversation. These poetic linguistic elements drive both conversational and literary discourse by means of patterns of sound and sense. Sound patterns--the musical level of language, including rhythm, intonation, and prosody--involve the audience with the speaker or writer and the discourse by sweeping them along, much as music sweeps listeners along, luring them...
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