Request Sequences

The intersection of grammar, interaction and social context

ORCID logoCarmen Taleghani-Nikazm | University of Kansas
ISBN 9789027226297 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027293619 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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This monograph provides a micro-analytic description of instances of requests in everyday German conversation. Using the framework of CA, the study systematically analyzes the grammatical and syntactical structure of the request-turn and its response and of the conversational exchanges before and within the request base sequence, and the placement of the request sequence within the larger social interaction. Through an empirical analysis of individual cases of request sequences in German, the monograph describes in detail: (a) how speakers employ grammar and syntax as resources to construct turns at talk and accomplish the social action of request; (b) how speakers use grammatical and syntactical forms of the language to coordinate the production of the social action of requests; (c) how speakers use grammar and syntax as interactional resources to manage affiliative and remedial work (i.e., face work) when performing delicate social actions such as requests; and (d) how the context of the request activity impacts the grammatical and syntactical constructions of speakers’ utterances. Additionally, the monograph demonstrates that both the grammatical construction of turns and their placement within the talk are oriented to the sequential context of the interaction.
[Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 19] 2006.  x, 125 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The book stands out for its clear structure; it comprises reliable analyses of extensive interactions, conceptual innovations ('contingent requests') as well as interesting classifications (of prefatory components to requests). [...] the book can be recommended to readers, particularly to those interested in interactional linguistics and conversation analysis.”
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