Look who's listening: using the superaddressee for understanding connections in dialogue

Midgley, Warren (2011) Look who's listening: using the superaddressee for understanding connections in dialogue. In: Creating connections in teaching and learning. Research on Teaching and Learning. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC. United States, pp. 153-163. ISBN 978-1-61735-550-9 (pbk); 978-1-61735-551-6 9 (hbk)

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The superaddressee is a theoretical model drawn from the work of Bakhtin which posits the necessary – in metalinguistic if not metaphysical terms – existence of another higher level addressee in every dialogic exchange. Therefore, when I am talking to somebody, I am also and at the same time talking to a superaddressee present in my mind. This other listener is conceptualised as one who is valorised more highly that the speaker and the listener, and who listens sympathetically and understands justly.
In this chapter I propose that this theoretical model can help to explain the success of efforts to create connections in dialogue: when both parties in a dialogue are addressing a similar superaddressee, connections are more likely to be created than if the superaddressees are quite different. I apply this model to data from conversations with international students about diversity in education to demonstrate the operation of superaddressees in dialogue, and then draw out important implications of this theoretical model for education researchers and practitioners.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 02:29
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 04:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: superaddressee; dialogue; creating connections
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18467

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