With her theory of `Language as Dialogue', Edda Weigand has opened up a new and promising perspective in linguistic research and its neighbouring disciplines. Her model of `competence-in-performance' solved the problem of how to bridge the gap between competence and performance and thus substantially shaped the way in which people look at language today.
This book traces Weigand's linguistic career from its beginning to today and comprises a selection of articles which take the reader on a vivid and fascinating journey through the most important stages of her theorizing. The initial stage when a model of communicative competence was developed is followed by a gradual transition period which finally resulted in the theory of the dialogic action game as a mixed game or the Mixed Game Model. The articles cover a wide range of linguistic topics including, among others, speech act theory, lexical semantics, utterance grammar, emotions, the media, rhetoric and institutional communication. Editorial introductions give further information on the origin and theoretical background of the articles included.
1. Preface (by Feller, Sebastian); 2. Introduction: In the tide of change (by Feller, Sebastian); 3. Origins of the essays; 4. Part I. Language as dialogue in a theory of communicative competence; 5. Introduction to Part I (by Feller, Sebastian); 6. The dialogic principle revisited: Speech acts and mental states; 7. Discourse, conversation, dialogue; 8. Looking for the point of the dialogic turn; 9. Words and their role in language use; 10. Lexical units and syntactic structures: Words, phrases, and utterances considered from a comparative viewpoint; 11. Rhetoric and argumentation in a dialogic perspective; 12. Part II. At the crossroads: Opening up the theory of competence; 13. Introduction to Part II (by Feller, Sebastian); 14. The unit beyond the sentence; 15. Coherence in discourse: A never-ending problem; 16. Emotions in dialogue; 17. Dialogue in the grip of the media; 18. Patterns and beyond in dialogic interaction: Basic issues in language technology; 19. Patterns and beyond in lexical semantics: The issue of word meaning in language technology; 20. The end of certainty in dialogue analysis; 21. Part III. Language as dialogue in a theory of communicative competence-in-performance; 22. Introduction to Part III (by Feller, Sebastian); 23. The dialogic action game; 24. Dialogue Analysis 2000: Towards a human linguistics; 25. Possibilities and limitations of corpus linguistics; 26. Dialogue and teaching in multicultural settings; 27. Principles of dialogue: With a special focus on business dialogues; 28. Dialogue: Text and context; 29. The argumentative power of words: Or how to move people's minds with words; 30. A look beyond (by Feller, Sebastian); 31. References; 32. General index; 33. List of Edda Weigand's publications