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SYNONYMS IN ACTION: A CASE STUDY

By Rebecca Clift

Abstract

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

Topics: synonymy, conversation analysis (CA), actually, in fact, Philology. Linguistics, P1-1091, Language and Literature, P, DOAJ:Linguistics, DOAJ:Languages and Literatures, English language, PE1-3729, English literature, PR1-9680
Publisher: Universidad de Murcia
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.6018/ijes.3.1.48631
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:3c48cab04cb84f319d326731282b074e
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