Karl Bühler

German Psychologist and Theorician of Language


Springer, Dordrecht


225 Pages

ISBN 978-1-4614-3528-0

Cognition and Language

Dialogical genres

empractical and conversational listening and speaking

Daniel C. O'Connell, Sabine Kowal

What happens in everyday dialogue? The authors revert to a rich prehistory to answer this question: Philipp Wegener in the late 19th and Karl Bühler in the first half of the 20th century in the German traditions of philology and psychology. Their work culminated in the concept empractical speech. This groundbreaking book opens up a new view of language use in settings in which participants are primarily involved not in speaking but in some non-linguistic activity and in which theneed for speech arises only occasionally. Behold empractical speech, a genre unto itself with respect to conversation – an ubiquitous phenomenon of everyday life and the very setting of early language acquisition.

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O'Connell, D. , Kowal, S. (2012). Dialogical genres: empractical and conversational listening and speaking, Springer, Dordrecht.

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