OKAY across Languages

Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction

| University of Waterloo
| Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache
| University of Basel
| University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027208156 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027260284 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
OKAY has been termed ‘a spectacular expression’ and ‘America’s greatest invention.’ This volume offers an in-depth empirical study of the uses that have resulted from its global spread. Focusing on actions and interactional practices, it investigates OKAY in a variety of settings in 13 languages. The collected work showcases the importance of a holistic analysis: prosodic realization and the placement of OKAY in its larger sequential and multimodal context emerge as constitutive for distinct uses in individual languages. An inductive approach makes it possible to identify practices not previously documented, for example OKAY used for ‘qualified acceptance’ or as a ‘continuer’, and to document a core of recurrent, similar uses across languages. This work also outlines new research directions for comparative analysis by offering first insights into the diachronic development of OKAY’s uses and the relationship of OKAY to other particles in specific languages.
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction, 34]  2021.  vii, 440 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This edited volume directs our attention to the kind of herculean steps necessary to achieve deeper and more pragmatic understandings of OKAYs-in-interaction across languages and cultures — an exemplary contribution examining ordinary moments in extraordinary ways.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020048726 | Marc record