Chapter published in:Intersubjectivity in Action: Studies in language and social interaction
Edited by Jan Lindström, Ritva Laury, Anssi Peräkylä and Marja-Leena Sorjonen
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 326] 2021
► pp. 61–
Directive turn design and intersubjectivity
In this paper, we discuss turn design as a locus of intersubjectivity. We focus on two types of directives in Finnish interactions, turns formatted with second-person imperative and turns that contain zero person. Neither of these turn designs contains a separate subject phrase explicating the person(s) referred to, nor does either indicate when the action nominated is to take place. We study the kinds of assumptions these two turn designs make and present as shared, and the interplay of the assumptions in relation to the sequential and activity context of the turn. The design of turns and actions in sequences of interaction thus allows us to see intersubjectivity at work, even when repair does not take place.
Keywords: directive, imperative, zero-person, modal verb, turn design, Finnish, repair, shared assumptions, minimal design, Schuetz
- 2.Directive turns with imperatives
- 3.Directive turns with zero-person+modal constructions
- 4.Directive sequences with both imperatives and zero-person+modal constructions
- 5.Discussion and conclusion
Published online: 17 November 2021
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