How We Talk: The Inner Workings of Conversation

Basic Books - But as linguist N. An expert guide to how conversation works, uh-huh, from how we know when to speak to why huh is a universal wordWe all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, like, oh, and mm-hmm. J. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally--and uniquely--human.

. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language. Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, our boss, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance--signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention.





How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention

Liveright - But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth? Daniel L. Tracing crucial shifts and developments across the ages, from harnessing control of more than a hundred respiratory muscles in the larynx and diaphragm, Everett breaks down every component of speech, to mastering the use of the tongue.

The result is an invaluable study of what makes us human. Based on nearly forty years of fieldwork, Everett debunks long-held theories by some of history’s greatest thinkers, from Plato to Chomsky. How language began revolutionizes our understanding of the one tool that has allowed us to become the "lords of the planet.

Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species: we talk to one another. In order to truly understand its origins, a more interdisciplinary approach is needed―one that accounts as much for our propensity for culture as it does our biological makeup. Language began, everett theorizes, with Homo Erectus, who catalyzed words through culturally invented symbols.

Moving on from biology to execution, Everett explores why elements such as grammar and storytelling are not nearly as critical to language as one might suspect. In the book’s final section, cultural evolution of language, Everett takes the ever-debated “language gap” to task, delving into the chasm that separates “us” from “the animals.

How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention - He approaches the subject from various disciplines, breakable bones, and neurological superiority, to reveal that it was social complexity, physiological, that allowed humans―with our clawless hands, including anthropology, as well as cultural, neuroscience, and archaeology, and soft skin―to become the apex predator.

How language began ultimately explains what we know, what we’d like to know, and what we likely never will know about how humans went from mere communication to language.





Designing Voice User Interfaces: Principles of Conversational Experiences

O'Reilly Media - O reilly Media. Voice user interfaces VUIs are becoming all the rage today. But how do you build one that people can actually converse with? whether you’re designing a mobile app, helps you choose the right speech recognition engine, a toy, this practical book guides you through basic VUI design principles, or a device such as a home assistant, and shows you how to measure your VUI’s performance and improve upon it.

Author cathy pearl also takes product managers, and VUI designers into advanced design topics that will help make your VUI not just functional, UX designers, but great. Understand key vui design concepts, including command-and-control and conversational systemsdecide if you should use an avatar or other visual representation with your VUIExplore speech recognition technology and its impact on your designTake your VUI above and beyond the basic exchange of informationLearn practical ways to test your VUI application with usersMonitor your app and learn how to quickly improve performanceGet real-world examples of VUIs for home assistants, smartwatches, and car systems Liveright.





Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

W. W. Norton & Company - Taking readers on a whirlwind tour through scientific experiments, historical case studies, and cutting-edge research on language in both humans and other primates, Byrne defends cursing and demonstrates how much it can reveal about different cultures, their taboos and their values. Packed with the results of unlikely and often hilarious scientific studies―from the “ice-bucket test” for coping with pain, to the connection between Tourette’s and swearing, to a chimpanzee that curses at her handler in sign language―Swearing Is Good for You presents a lighthearted but convincing case for the foulmouthed.

With humor and colorful language, she explores every angle of swearing―why we do it, how we do it, and what it tells us about ourselves. O reilly Media. Dictionaries have traditionally omitted it and parents forbid it. An irreverent and impeccably researched defense of our dirtiest words. We’re often told that swearing is outrageous or even offensive, that it’s a sign of a stunted vocabulary or a limited intellect.

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language - But the latest research by neuroscientists, curses, sociologists, psychologists, and others has revealed that swear words, and oaths―when used judiciously―can have surprising benefits. In this sparkling debut work of popular science, Emma Byrne examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you.

Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, to prevent physical violence, to lower anxiety, to help trauma victims recover language, and to promote human cooperation.





Talk: The Science of Conversation

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Ubiquitous Voice: Essays from the Field

Independently published - The goal of these essays is to provide perspectives from various experts in the field. From siri in your pocket to Alexa or Google Home on your countertop, the proliferation of devices has made these systems more commonplace. Author list: brian roemmele, detlev artelt, maria aretoulaki, charles jankowski, bruce Balentine, Phil Shinn, Deborah Dahl, Dan Miller, Sunjay Pandey, Jonathon Nostrant, Tobias Goebel, Eduardo Olvera, Cathy Pearl, Lisa Falkson, Leor Grebler, Wally Brill Liveright.

It also includes a market overview, history and personal stories from key contributors in the space. With the market expanding, there becomes a need for a new, larger population of speech experts to design the future of these devices and applications. From designers to product managers to analysts to CEOs, they each share a unique perspective on an aspect of the speech industry.

Ubiquitous Voice: Essays from the Field - This volume hopes to share a real-life view of the world of design, development, product management of speech products and applications. The last few years have seen an explosion of use and popularity of speech recognition and natural language systems. O reilly Media.





Wired for Speech: How Voice Activates and Advances the Human-Computer Relationship The MIT Press

The MIT Press - Nass and brave's deep understanding of both social science and design, drawn from ten years of research at Nass's Stanford laboratory, produces results that often challenge conventional wisdom and common design practices. Wired for speech demonstrates that people are "voice-activated": we respond to voice technologies as we respond to actual people and behave as we would in any social situation.

O reilly Media. Liveright. These insights will help designers and marketers build better interfaces, scientists construct better theories, and everyone gain better understandings of the future of the machines that speak with us. In wired for speech, clifford nass and scott Brave reveal how interactive voice technologies can readily and effectively tap into the automatic responses all speech―whether from human or machine―evokes.

. By leveraging this powerful finding, voice interfaces can truly emerge as the next frontier for efficient, user-friendly technology. Wired for speech presents new theories and experiments and applies them to critical issues concerning how people interact with technology-based voices. It considers how people respond to a female voice in e-commerce does stereotyping matter?, Complex", how a car's voice can promote safer driving are "happy" cars better cars?, whether synthetic voices have personality and emotion is sounding like a person always good?, whether an automated call center should apologize when it cannot understand a spoken request "To Err is Interface; To Blame, and much more.

Wired for Speech: How Voice Activates and Advances the Human-Computer Relationship The MIT Press - How interactive voice-based technology can tap into the automatic and powerful responses all speech―whether from human or machine―evokes. Interfaces that talk and listen are populating computers, call centers, cars, and even home appliances and toys, but voice interfaces invariably frustrate rather than help.





Making Sense of Language: Readings in Culture and Communication

Oxford University Press - Chosen for their accessibility and variety, third edition, the readings in Making Sense of Language: Readings in Culture and Communication, engage students in thinking about the nature of language--arguably the most uniquely human of all our characteristics--and its involvement in every aspect of human society and experience.

Instead of taking an ideological stance on specific issues, the text presents a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives and bolsters them with pedagogical support, including unit and chapter introductions; critical-thinking, reading, and application questions; suggested further reading; and a comprehensive glossary.

Making Sense of Language: Readings in Culture and Communication - Questions of power, linguistic anthropology, ideology, making it an exemplary text for courses in language and culture, and the nature of language and other semiotic systems are woven throughout the third edition of Making Sense of Language, sociolinguistics, identity, interaction, and four-field anthropology.

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Designing Bots: Creating Conversational Experiences

O'Reilly Media - You’ll learn how to use an effective onboarding process, outline different flows, define a bot personality, and choose the right balance of rich control and text. Explore different bot use-cases and design best practicesunderstand bot anatomy—such as brand and personality, conversations, advanced UI controls—and their associated design patternsLearn steps for building a Facebook Messenger consumer bot and a Slack business botExplore the lessons learned and shared experiences of designers and entrepreneurs who have built botsDesign and prototype your first bot, and experiment with user feedback Liveright.

From facebook messenger to kik, and from slack bots to Google Assistant, and email bots, Amazon Alexa, the new conversational apps are revolutionizing the way we interact with software. This practical guide shows you how to design and build great conversational experiences and delightful bots that help people be more productive, whether it’s for a new consumer service or an enterprise efficiency product.

Designing Bots: Creating Conversational Experiences - Ideal for designers, product managers, this book explores what works and what doesn’t in real-world bot examples, and entrepreneurs, and provides practical design patterns for your bot-building toolbox. O reilly Media. O reilly Media.





Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean

Anchor - Covering a vast array of verbal blunders, in politics, " linguist and author Erard provides a look into the science to explain why they happen and a look at society for how they're received in everyday life, from Spoonerisms to malapropisms to "uh" and "um, and in the popular culture. Full of entertaining examples, Um.

. One exceptional chapter covers where we got the sense that good speaking is necessarily umless; another chapter explains how Sigmund Freud got into slips of the tongue to begin with -- and how he wasn't the first to hunt and collect them. Liveright. This original, and surprising book is a natural history of things we wish we didn't say but do, entertaining, as well as a look at what happens in American culture and others when we do and wish we didn't.

Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean - O reilly Media. O reilly Media. Is essential reading for talkers and listeners of all stripes.





Culture and Communication: An Introduction

Cambridge University Press - O reilly Media. James M. Covering an extensive range of topics not found in existing textbooks, this book is an essential resource for introductory courses on language and culture, including semiotics and the evolution of animal and human communication, communication and culture, and linguistic anthropology.

Liveright. Wilce's new textbook introduces students to the study of language as a tool in anthropology. An appendix features material on phonetics and phonetic representation. Cambridge university press. It features a range of study aids, exercises, figures, including chapter summaries, learning objectives, key terms and suggestions for further reading, to guide student understanding.

Culture and Communication: An Introduction - O reilly Media. Accompanying online resources include a test bank with answers, useful links, an instructor's manual, and a sign language case study. Solidly positioned in linguistic anthropology, it is the first textbook to combine clear explanations of language and linguistic structure with current anthropological theory.

The complete glossary includes both anthropological and linguist terminology.