Publication details [#61569]

Weatherall, Ann and Leelo Keevallik. 2016. When Claims of Understanding Are Less Than Affiliative. Research on Language and Social Interaction 49 (3) : 167–182.
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Language as a subject
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This study exhibits the strategic function of a formerly undocumented pro-social grammatical-conversational structure, performing “pro forma” affiliation, in a diverse series of settings: I + ‘understand’ + YOU + PSYCHOLOGICAL FORMULATION. By expressly asserting and showing a grasp of their interlocutor's subjectivity, this target expression orients to interlocutor misalignment, displays other-regard and bridges a breakdown, fostering interactional agendas.