Today, we’re talking about crucial sites and critical moments! They are two ideas in the linguistics world that we might not be aware of but experience a lot in our lives. Knowing about them can also help you write intense scenes for your characters!
As a quick summary: a crucial site is a place that holds an importance to us or where something important may happen. This could be a doctor's office when we are going there to learn about a diagnosis, or a tutor's office when we are asking for an extension!
A critical moment is born from a crucial site. It is in this moment where we are in this significant moment that we need to communicate competently enough to reach the end goal. Very similar to another linguistic idea about communicative competency and language games!
In case you're wondering, here's the Christopher Candlin reference: Candlin, C. N. (2000). The Cardiff lecture 2000: Reinventing the patient/client: New challenges to healthcare communication (Cardiff Papers on Healthcare Discourse 2). Cardiff University: Healthcare Communication Research Centre.
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