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Re: TALKING WORK vs TALKING AT WORK
It certainly makes sense to distinguish between professional vs casual
talk at work, but the setting can also lead to overlaps, I imagine. I
wouldn't classify talking at work as "talking to coordinate
non-discursive activities", however, because talking is
always a form of discourse (I'm using discourse, in this context, to
signify the use of language or other semiotic systems to create
meaningful, cohesive and coherent, texts). You probably meant
"non-professional discursive activities"?
A good reference on organisational discourse (which includes professional
meaning-making at work - talking at meetings, planning, writing reports,
designing buildings, etc., etc.) is:
Iedema, R. 2003. Discourses of Post-Bureaucratic Organization.
Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Many casual conversation text types in a work setting are discussed in:
Eggins, S. and D. Slade. 1997. Analysing Casual Conversation.
(The book is on casual conversation in general, but Diana Slade's phd
thesis focussed on casual conversation genres used in work settings, so
many examples in the book come from her work. Unfortunately, I don't have
the reference handy, but it can be found at
In both books you would be able to find reference to work more closely
related to your question.
At 09:56 AM 10/11/2004, you wrote:
Hi! Does it make sense to you
distinguishing between TALKING WORK vs TALKING ATWORK?
where TALKING WORK is a discursive professional activity (such as
teaching, or a medical consultation or a problem solving meeting, etc.)
while TALKING AT WORK is any talk occorring in workplaces (talking to
coordinate non discursive activities, chatting during the coffee break,
Shall I use a better terminology to address such a distinction? Does
anybody know a collection of studies specifically on what I call TALKING
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