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date: 07 July 2022

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This chapter discusses how language is used to constitute relationships, particularly through the things we say and the things we show by saying them. Additionally, the chapter surveys the research in communication studies on six practices of everyday talk that arise in various kinds of relationships: self-disclosure, metaphors, narrative, taken-for-granted (TFGs), personal idioms, and intimate play. Four future directions of research are then suggested.

Keywords: Everyday talk, relational history, speech acts, language use

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