Talking in Cliches : The Use of Stock Phrases in Discourse and Communication, Paperback / softback Book

Talking in Cliches : The Use of Stock Phrases in Discourse and Communication Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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For decades, social perspectives, and even academic studies of language, have considered cliches as a hackneyed, tired, lazy, unthinking and uninspiring form of communication.

Authored by two established scholars in the fields of Systemic-Functional Linguistics and Discourse Studies and Pragmatics, this cutting-edge book comprehensively explores the perception and use of cliches in language from these complementary perspectives.

It draws data from a variety of both written and spoken sources, to re-interrogate and re-imagine the nature, role and usage of cliches, identifying the innovative and creative ways in which the concepts are utilised in communication, interaction, and in self-presentation.

Observing a rich, complex layering of usage, the authors deconstruct the many and varied ways in which cliches operate and are interdependently constructed; from the role they play in discourse in general, to their functions as argumentative strategies, as constructs of social cognition, as politeness strategies, and finally as markers of identity.