Taleghani-Nikazm publishes volume
Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm, Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures, has published together with Emma Betz (University of Waterloo) and Peter Golato (Texas State University) the volume Mobilizing Others: Grammar and Lexis within Larger Activities (John Benjamins Publishing Company, Studies in Language and Social Interaction). ISBN 9789027204929 doi.org/10.1075/slsi.33. https://benjamins.com/catalog/slsi.33
The volume brings together current cross-linguistic empirical research that offer explicit micro-level analyses of the linguistic and embodied choices speakers make in designing mobilizing moves (e.g., getting someone to hand over an object). Drawing on studies from a variety of different languages and settings, the collected research in this volume illustrate how interactants grammatically design their utterances not only for specific recipients, but also for a specific interactional situation. In doing so, speakers are able to mobilize others’ cooperation, contribution, or assistance in the most appropriate and economical ways. By focusing on ‘situation design’ across languages and settings, this volume provides new insights into the ways in which the ongoing activity (e.g., playing cards, cooking food), with its attendant participation structures, shapes the linguistic design, placement, and understanding of moves which mobilize others to act.