For those who love language, linguistics professor N. J. Enfield’s manual offers a treasure trove of research-supported data. Enfield’s fascinating exploration of how people respond during verbal interactions reveals compelling information on the timing of how people use words and subconsciously assist one another to help conversations run smoothly. Readers lacking a background or in-depth interest in the scientific aspects of communication may find Enfield’s details challenging, such as in his explanation of the millisecond timing of verbal exchanges. However, despite his thornier explanations, most of his material provides a wealth of communication insight that will give you plenty to ponder or discuss during your future conversations.
About the Author
N. J. Enfield teaches linguistics at the University of Sydney and directs the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre.