Article published in:Approaches to Slavic Interaction
Edited by Nadine Thielemann and Peter Kosta
[Dialogue Studies 20] 2013
► pp. 17–33
Talking out of turn
(Co)-constructing Russian conversation
This paper examines the use of co-constructions in spontaneous Russian conversations. Co-constructions are found when one speaker completes another speaker’s utterance, that is, a co-construction is a syntactic unit created within a single turn construction unit but by multiple speakers. Co-constructions argue for the existence of a shared syntax and for projection of that syntax by the first part of the construction. They underscore the interactional and collaborative nature of conversation: radio interviews illustrate how co-constructions can be used by interlocutors to influence topic, and more informal conversations illustrate their use in signaling heightened involvement and solidarity.
Keywords: co-constructions, conversational analysis, Odessan Russian, radio interviews, turn completions
Published online: 13 August 2013
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