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Everyday Talk
Second Edition
Building and Reflecting Identities

Karen Tracy and Jessica S. Robles

372 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
A Paperback Original
July 2013
ISBN 978-1-4625-1147-1
Cat. #1147
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July 2013
ISBN 978-1-4625-1162-4
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“A particularly welcome aspect of the book is that many illustrative examples are transcripts of 'real' everyday talk. Another commendable feature of the extracts is the rich array of socio-cultural contexts they are drawn from....I would recommend this book to students and scholars with an interest in language, communication, and social interaction....It is a scholarly, accessible and engaging synthesis of a diverse literature. Thus it is an excellent text for undergraduates and a useful sourcebook for graduates and academics.”

Journal of Sociolinguistics (on the first edition)


“Students should find the book easy to follow and interesting in terms of their own conversational practices....Although intended as a textbook, libraries supporting undergraduate studies in this area may wish to acquire a copy for circulation.”

Choice Reviews(on the first edition)


“A very approachable and comprehensive autopsy of modern interactions….This is a book that will change your understanding of communication, and how relationships are built as well as how we project our identities. A useful resource for students, but also an enlightening read for anyone interested in communication.”

The Psychologist


“To deeply understand and study everyday talk, we need to enter into the worlds created through it. Everyday Talk, Second Edition introduces ways of doing exactly that. Readers find a rich array of routine instances of talk about which to reflect. The book links talk to issues of identity, culture, and nation, as well as morals, beliefs, and values, incorporating both rhetorical and cultural perspectives. The inclusion of new social media in the second edition is welcome. Scholars, teachers, and students will benefit from this text's systematic treatment of its subject matter and wide-ranging scope, as well as the easy access it provides through vivid examples and lively prose.”

—Donal Carbaugh, PhD, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst


“I can't imagine a more thorough and appealing introduction to the study of language in social interaction and discourse analysis. In this second edition of Everyday Talk, Tracy and Robles meticulously interweave the field's diverse research threads, present sophisticated content in accessible ways, and offer updated, thought-provoking discussions and examples. The book is an excellent resource for both undergraduates and graduate students.”

—Cynthia Gordon, PhD, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University


“I have used Everyday Talk as the foundation text for my iteration of the departmental core course for many years, and the second edition is truly exciting. It retains the features that made the text uniquely useful all along: a clear central argument, engaging examples, a strong theoretical and research foundation, and a student-friendly writing style that also satisfies teachers' needs for rigor and precision. In the second edition, examples have been updated, a theme of social media has been woven throughout the text, and more illustrations from non-Western cultures broaden the book’s scope. This versatile text will be valuable in a wide variety of courses and with many different configurations of students.”

—Kristine L. Muñoz, PhD, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa


“Tracy and Robles give readers compelling conceptual frames and a rich analytic vocabulary to make sense of—and appreciate—the stream of conversations, encounters, texts, meetings, and more that is the stuff of human social life. The book integrates sociolinguistics, speech act theory, conversation analysis, and contemporary conceptions of identity. Lively, provocative examples illustrate how talk enables people to get things done, create and solve problems, play, argue, come together, pull apart, and navigate selves.”

—Phillip Glenn, PhD, Professor and Interim Dean, School of Communication, Emerson College


“This text is the go-to standard for any class with a language and social interaction focus. Its easy readability, coupled with coverage of all the major works in language and social interaction, makes it appropriate for everything from an introductory communication survey to a master's-level course. The second edition doesn't disappoint; it includes up-to-date studies and an even more diverse set of U.S. and international examples. Many transcript examples (some with online links) bring ethnographic, discourse, and conversation analysis to life and show concretely how 'everyday talk' performs important actions related to identity work. Students will walk away from this book with concepts, theories, and vocabulary for critically analyzing their own and others' communication.”

—Evelyn Y. Ho, PhD, Department of Communication Studies, University of San Francisco
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