Between Turn and Sequence

Turn-initial particles across languages

| University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027200488 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027264282 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The last two decades have witnessed a remarkable growth of interest in what are variously termed discourse markers or discourse particles. The greatest area of growth has centered on particles that occur in sentence-initial or turn-initial position, and this interest intersects with a long-standing focus in Conversation Analysis on turn-taking and turn-construction. This volume brings together conversation analytic studies of turn-initial particles in interactions in fourteen languages geographically widely distributed (Europe, America, Asia and Australia). The contributions show the significance of turn-initial particles in three key areas of turn and sequence organization: (i) the management of departures from expected next actions, (ii) the projection of the speaker's epistemic stance, and (iii) the management of overall activities implemented across sequences. Taken together the papers demonstrate the crucial importance of the positioning of particles within turns and sequences for the projection and management of social actions, and for relationships between speakers.
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction, 31]  2018.  vii, 487 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Analyzing turn-initial particles
John Heritage and Marja-Leena Sorjonen
Sequential departures
Chapter 2. Nu-prefaced responses in Russian conversation
Galina B. Bolden
Chapter 3. Bueno-, pues-, and bueno-pues-prefacing in Spanish conversation
Chase Wesley Raymond
Chapter 4. Two types of trouble with questions: A comparative perspective on turn-initial particles in Korean
Stephanie Hyeri Kim
Chapter 5. Diverging from ‘business as usual’: Turn-initial ngala in Garrwa conversation
Ilana Mushin
Chapter 6. Turn-initial particles in English: The cases of oh and well
John Heritage
Epistemic and Related Issues
Chapter 7. A-prefaced responses to inquiry in Japanese
Makoto Hayashi and Kaoru Hayano
Chapter 8. Treating something as self-evident: No-prefaced turns in Polish
Matylda Weidner
Chapter 9. Reformulating prior speaker’s turn in Finnish: Turn-initial siis, eli(kkä), and nii(n) et(tä)
Marja-Leena Sorjonen
Chapter 10. Turn design and progression: The use of aiyou in Mandarin conversation
Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu
Chapter 11. Making up one’s mind in second position: Estonian no-preface in action plans
Leelo Keevallik
Sequence Management
Chapter 12. Calibrating an agnostic epistemic stance in Swedish conversation: The case of okej-prefacing in calls to the Swedish Board for study support
Anna Lindström
Chapter 13. Turn-initial voilà in closings in French: Reaffirming authority and responsibility over the sequence
Lorenza Mondada
Chapter 14. Turn-initial naja in German
Andrea Golato
Chapter 15. Justifying departures from progressivity: The Danish turn-initial particle altså
Trine Heinemann and Jakob Steensig
Author Index
Subject index
“This pioneering collection shows again and again across typologically distinct languages how understanding meaning and the role of grammar in meaning has to start by analysing turns as they emerge in real time as part of sequences of action. It is outstanding in its scope and profound in its implications – a real game-changer for the study of meaning.”
“A very welcome volume which theorizes turn-initial position and turn-initial particles in terms of prosody, grammar, epistemics and activity management on the basis of a wide range of data, analyzed by an international group of recognized authorities in the CA paradigm. Invaluable for the fascinating data considered as well as for the deft, insightful analyses of initial particles and turn transition.”
“Discourse particles have always been a major challenge for linguists. This volume demonstrates convincingly for a range of languages, how a strictly sequential and praxeological approach can lead to a better understanding of their functioning.”
“Its subject matter – the way turn-initial particles shape social action and relationships between speakers – makes it an excellent read and a significant sourcebook for scholars and students interested in investigating human interaction in various contexts and across languages.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
ONIX Metadata
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018003068 | Marc record