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Sidnell, Jack and Geoffrey Raymond. 2019. Interaction at the Boundaries of a World Known in Common: Initiating Repair with “What Do You Mean?”. Research on Language and Social Interaction 52 (2) : 177–192.
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Language as a subject
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This assay tries to explain just how "What do you mean"-utterances act, how they intersect with suppositions about knowledge distribution between partakers to interaction, and why they might evoke such potent reactions from those to whom they are addressed. Data are in American and Canadian English.