Between Turn and Sequence

Turn-initial particles across languages

ORCID logoMarja-Leena Sorjonen | University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027200488 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027264282 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The last two decades have witnessed a remarkable growth of interest in what are variously termed discourse markers or discourse particles. The greatest area of growth has centered on particles that occur in sentence-initial or turn-initial position, and this interest intersects with a long-standing focus in Conversation Analysis on turn-taking and turn-construction. This volume brings together conversation analytic studies of turn-initial particles in interactions in fourteen languages geographically widely distributed (Europe, America, Asia and Australia). The contributions show the significance of turn-initial particles in three key areas of turn and sequence organization: (i) the management of departures from expected next actions, (ii) the projection of the speaker's epistemic stance, and (iii) the management of overall activities implemented across sequences. Taken together the papers demonstrate the crucial importance of the positioning of particles within turns and sequences for the projection and management of social actions, and for relationships between speakers.
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction, 31] 2018.  vii, 487 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This pioneering collection shows again and again across typologically distinct languages how understanding meaning and the role of grammar in meaning has to start by analysing turns as they emerge in real time as part of sequences of action. It is outstanding in its scope and profound in its implications – a real game-changer for the study of meaning.”
“A very welcome volume which theorizes turn-initial position and turn-initial particles in terms of prosody, grammar, epistemics and activity management on the basis of a wide range of data, analyzed by an international group of recognized authorities in the CA paradigm. Invaluable for the fascinating data considered as well as for the deft, insightful analyses of initial particles and turn transition.”
“Discourse particles have always been a major challenge for linguists. This volume demonstrates convincingly for a range of languages, how a strictly sequential and praxeological approach can lead to a better understanding of their functioning.”
“Its subject matter – the way turn-initial particles shape social action and relationships between speakers – makes it an excellent read and a significant sourcebook for scholars and students interested in investigating human interaction in various contexts and across languages.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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