I don't know about the rest of you but even the names of these linguistic concepts sounds fancy. They're pretty cool parts of our lives that we, like most linguistic concepts, do without realising it. I mean, we are well aware of them when they are done wrong and we are faced with an 'abnormal interaction'. Anyway, these specific parts of linguistics relate to how we interpret interactions (social or otherwise) and how we change during them. It's easy for us to say that we just 'know' how to interact and respond during activities or conversations, but (like everything) there is more to it than that. There is more hiding away beneath the surface of all interactions, and understanding what interactive frames and knowledge schemas are provides us with an insight into our own and others workings.
The inspiration to write this came from a reading I did in a linguistic course by Deborah Tannen and Cynthia Wallat called Interactive Frames and Knowledge Schemas: Examples from a Medical Examination/Interview. As you can tell from the title, this particular reading focuses on the event of a medical examination or interview and how these linguistic concepts come to play during them. For more context, the medical examination and interview is between a paediatrician, an 8-year-old cerebral palsied child and their mother. It should also be noted that the paediatrician is recording this interaction for possible future study. The aim of this paper is, and quite brutally put, to show that examining the child 'in her mother's presence constituted a significant burden on the pediatrician' (Tannan & Wallat 1993, p. 63), which occurs due to framing and continuous reframing, and mismatched schemas. So, how can something so subconscious to us be a 'significant burden'?
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Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.