"More than just a long overdue linguistic discourse analysis of schmoozing as a speech event or discourse type, this book offers a special personal perspective on a form of talk-in-interaction evolving through time in response to social changes: an important book for sociolinguists and conversation analysts as well as for the general reader." (Neal R. Norrick, Chair of English Linguistics, Saarland University; author of Conversational Narrative)
"This text showcases the value of a good schmooze to enhancing the quality of life. Boxer makes her case with telling illustrations of conversations ranging from the familial and social domains to those of the workplace and the institution of education. In addition to learning something about the nature of schmoozing, readers who pay attention to the details will discover many useful tips and tools for building social connections and lifelong relationships." (Joan Kelly Hall, Department of Applied Linguistics, Penn State University and Author of Teaching and Researching: Language and Culture)
About the Author
Diana Boxer, PhD, is professor of linguistics at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.