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Potter, Jonathan, Alexa Hepburn and Galina B. Bolden. 2019. Subversive Completions: Turn-Taking Resources for Commandeering the Recipient’s Action in Progress. Research on Language & Social Interaction 52 (2) : 144–158.
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This paper examines the practice of “subversive completions,” whereby one speaker generates a grammatically fitted completion of another speaker’s unfolding turn so as to undermine the action of the unfolding turn and the ongoing sequence. Data are in American English, British English, and Russian.