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Synonyms in action: A Case Study

Clift, R (2003) 'Synonyms in action: A Case Study.' International Journal of English Studies, 3 (1). pp. 167-187. ISSN 1578-7044

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This paper discusses what the methods of conversation analysis (CA) might have to offer the study of linguistic synonymy. It takes as a case study two items commonly held to be synonyms -'actually' and 'in fact'- and shows considerable differences between the two in their interactional implementation: they are implicated in the prosecution of differing courses of action. Such cases argue that it is analytically more profitable to consider what a lexical item does in the context of talk than what it means.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: synonymy; conversation analysis (CA); actually; in fact
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 10:15
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:33

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