Mobilizing Others

Grammar and lexis within larger activities

ORCID logoCarmen Taleghani-Nikazm | The Ohio State University
ORCID logoEmma Betz | University of Waterloo
ORCID logoPeter Golato | Texas State University
ISBN 9789027204929 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027261588 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Requesting, recruitment, and other ways of mobilizing others to act have garnered much interest in Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics. This volume takes a holistic perspective on the practices that we use to get others to act either with us, or for us. It argues for a more explicit focus on ‘activity’ in unpacking the linguistic and embodied choices we make in designing mobilizing moves. Drawing on studies from a variety of different languages and settings, the collected studies in this volume illustrate how interactants design their turns not only for specific recipients, but also for a specific interactional situation. In doing so, speakers are able to mobilize others’ cooperation, contribution, or assistance in the most appropriate and economical ways. By focusing on ‘situation design’ across languages and settings, this volume provides new insights into the ways in which the ongoing activity, with its attendant participation structures, shapes the design, placement, and understanding of moves which mobilize others to act.
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction, 33] 2020.  vi, 285 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This volume is focused and informative, which will be a valuable resource for researchers and scholars in Conversation Analysis, Interactional Linguistics and Pragmatics in general.”
“This anthology’s detailed analyses of local interactions and the interplay between language, grammar, modalities and activity are an important addition to the existing literature on the study of requests and joint projects. I especially enjoyed the richness of the sites, languages and modalities analysed across the contributions, all of which are important to gain a better understanding of the links between behaviour and meaning. [...] I am convinced that this anthology will turn out to be a must-read for all researchers and students interested in the interactional organization and practices of human social life.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019049837 | Marc record