Introduction

Normal and Everyday

Conversation! It's the most common thing in the world – so normal, so natural, so everywhere, so everyday. All over the globe, people are talking to each other. “It's good to talk,” as the advert says. “Talking, talking happy talk,” to quote the song.

Seeing that we all do so much of it, surely we can all do conversation? Humans talk to each other – we are essentially social beings; that's what we do. I'm pretty sure the caveman had some way of communicating to his mate, “How does that fire-making thing work?” Many of us don't think twice before we open our mouth to communicate – it's the most spontaneous thing in the world.

But how we talk, ah, that is the question. Most of us learned how to converse with other ...

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