Concepts of voice

Initially I tried to get rid of my feeling of shame by theorising these occurrences as reminders of the impossibility in general that the other could hear/understand me or “know what I mean”. Gradually, however, I became convinced that it was the particular way I say “voice” that prevented my conversation partners from following the unspoken rules of politeness in conversation, which involve a tendency to regain from asking what some might call “clarifying” questions. Those questions or what is called in pragmatics “other-initiated self-repairs” are only asked if the speaker doesn’t attempt to free her or his speech from those impurities that the listener might consider responsible for the preliminary breakdown of communication between them.

– David Azul

Advertisements

About cinemelo

I love to write about film and comment on culture. Hopefully providing insight and interesting thoughts for fellow cultural itinerants.
This entry was posted in theory. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s