Chapter published in:OKAY across Languages: Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction
Edited by Emma Betz, Arnulf Deppermann, Lorenza Mondada and Marja-Leena Sorjonen
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction 34] 2021
► pp. 176–204
Rising OKAY in third position in Danish talk-in-interaction
Earlier investigations claim that there are two OKAY types in Danish: okay1, with falling pitch, occurring mainly in third position, indicating sufficient understanding, and okay2, with rising pitch, indicating so-far understanding and that a projected trajectory may continue. We have examined 235 cases of OKAY used in contexts where understanding is at issue, and it turns out that a substantial number of okay2 tokens occur in “okay1 environments,” that is, in third position following answers to questions. Our analyses of these cases reveal that in this environment, okay2 is used to indicate (1) that the answer could or should be expanded, or (2) that there are still unresolved matters that the answer did not deal with in full.
Keywords: Danish, understanding, news receipt, sequence closing, continuer, question-answer sequences, tellings, pitch, intensity, stress
Published online: 17 March 2021