This book is a great resource for people setting out in Conversation and Discourse Analysis, as well as advanced learners of English. Although a little dated now, the principles of analysis applied by Carter and McCarthy are still very relevant. The book uses extracts from real-life conversations to demonstrate how speakers use particular strategies and structures (e.g. back-channels, ellipsis) to do things with language. The authors offer a general commentary and line-by-line discussion in each case. I found these demonstrations of 'what to look out for in conversation' very useful when I first began analysing discourse.
The book is very well done. Although it lacks the focus on standard English phrases of common usage, the material is deliberately chosen. The authors have introduced their interesting vision of how to become confident in the English spoken world.
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