“Elephants to ride upon, my little Irish Rose”

Performing Memory
  • Heidi E. Hamilton


In this chapter, we explore performances of memory in interactions of everyday life. As important background, we first situate this examination within what is called ‘procedural memory’ (Eichenbaum, The cognitive neuroscience of memory (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) and discussions of formulaic language (Wray and Perkins, Language & Communication, 20(1), 1–28, 2000), followed by a brief case study. We then turn to everyday conversation for evidence of the following phenomena: performed memory in the form of singing songs and reading aloud; management of interactional system requirements and constraints; displays of formulaic language; and the eventual malfunction of the autopilot.


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  • Heidi E. Hamilton
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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