Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN 2210-4119
  • E-ISSN: 2210-4127
Buy:$35.00 + Taxes


Roy Harris identifies the “main flaw” in J. L. Austin’s account of language as a “failure to consider to what extent being able to ‘do things with words’ is parasitic on being able to do things without them”. Harris’s comment here serves as a springboard for a critical evaluation of communicational theories based around “talk-in-interaction” or dialogic principles. The primacy thereby given to linguistic interaction arguably entails a mystification of communication processes and the dis-integration of the social world into which our communicational experiences are intervowen. Consequently, the ghost of segregationism, in the shape of Harris’s “fallacy of verbalism”, continues to haunt, at times faintly, at times aggressively, the assumptions and methodologies of the approaches in question.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


  1. Cowley, Stephen J.
    2007 “From Bodily Co-regulation to Language and Thinking.” Linguistics and the Human Sciences3(2): 137–164.
    [Google Scholar]
  2. Drew, Paul and John C. Heritage
    1992Talk at Work. Cambridge: CUP.
    [Google Scholar]
  3. Goodwin, Charles
    1996 “Transparent Vision”. InInteraction and Grammared. by Elinor Ochs , Emanuel A. Schegloff and Sandra A. Thompson , 370–404. Cambridge: CUP.10.1017/CBO9780511620874.008
    https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511620874.008 [Google Scholar]
  4. Harris, Roy
    1996Signs, Language and Communication. London: Routledge.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. 1998Introduction to Integrational Linguistics. Oxford: Pergamon.
    [Google Scholar]
  6. 2009After Epistemology. Gamlingay: Bright Pen.
    [Google Scholar]
  7. 2012Language and Intelligence. Sandy: Bright Pen.
    [Google Scholar]
  8. 2013 “Performatives”. Unpublished ms.
    [Google Scholar]
  9. Hutchby, Ian and Robin Wooffitt
    1998Conversation Analysis. Principles, Practices and Applications. Cambridge: Polity Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  10. Jones, Peter E.
    2003 “New Clothes for an Old Emperor: ‘Evolutionary Psychology’ and the Cognitive Counter-Revolution”, review ofEvolution and the Human Mind: Modularity, Language and Meta-Cognitioned. by Peter Carruthers and Andrew Chamberlain . Mind, Culture and Activity10(2): 173–180.
    [Google Scholar]
  11. 2017 “Language – The Transparent Tool: Reflections on Reflexivity and Instrumentality”. Language Sciences61: 5–16.10.1016/j.langsci.2016.09.011
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2016.09.011 [Google Scholar]
  12. Linell, Per
    2005The Written Language Bias in Linguistics: Its Nature, Origins and Transformations. Oxford: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203342763
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203342763 [Google Scholar]
  13. 2009Rethinking Language, Mind, and World Dialogically. Interactional and Contextual Theories of Human Sense-Making. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
    [Google Scholar]
  14. Ngai, Pun and Jenny Chan
    2012 “Global Capital, the State, and Chinese Workers: the Foxconn Experience”, Modern China38(4): 383–410.10.1177/0097700412447164
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0097700412447164 [Google Scholar]
  15. Rose, Stephen P. R. , Richard C. Lewontin and Leon Kamin
    1984Not in Our Genes. London: Penguin.
    [Google Scholar]
  16. Schegloff, Emanuel A.
    1992 “Repair after Next Turn: The Last Structurally Provided Defense of Intersubjectivity in Conversation.” American Journal of Sociology, 97 (5): 295–1345.10.1086/229903
    https://doi.org/10.1086/229903 [Google Scholar]
  17. Silverman, David
    1998Harvey Sacks: Social Science and Conversation Analysis. Cambridge: Polity Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  18. Smith, Cyril
    1996Marx at the Millennium. London: Pluto Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  19. Smith, John
    2016Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century. Globalization, Super-Exploitation, and Capitalism’s Final Crisis. New Delhi: Dev Publishers.
    [Google Scholar]
  20. Taylor, Talbot J. and Deborah Cameron, D.
    1987Analyzing Conversation. Rules and Units in the Structure of Talk. Oxford: Pergamon.
    [Google Scholar]
  21. Weigand, Edda
    2009Language as Dialogue. From Rules to Principles of Probability. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.10.1075/ds.5
    https://doi.org/10.1075/ds.5 [Google Scholar]
  22. 2010Dialogue: The Mixed Game. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.10.1075/ds.10
    https://doi.org/10.1075/ds.10 [Google Scholar]
  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): communication; dialogism; integrationism; segregationism; talk-in-interaction
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was successful
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error