Coherence-inducing strategies in conversations amongst the aged
2000 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, Vol. 32, no 4, 425-462 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article investigates the accomplishment of coherence in multiparty conversations amongst the aged. Coherence is defined as a multilayered organisation which is relevant for the joint making of meaning in interaction (Korolija, 1998a: 112), and observable at the structurally intermediate level of episodes. Every episode reflects how participants locally and globally structure their situated interactions. Analyses of coherence are carried out at episode boundaries, across, and within episodes.
The conversations, involving four participants aged 80+ and one staff member, are recorded at a Senior Citizen Centre (SCC) in Sweden. The aim of the SCC is to provide care and social support for the aged. The focus in the study is restricted to coherence-inducing devices which are typical for the SCC conversations in comparison with devices identified in multiparty conversations belonging to other activity types (see Korolija, 1998b; Korolija and Linell, 1996; Linell and Korolija, 1995).
Quantitative and qualitative analyses of episodes indicate that coherence in the SCC conversations is constructed mainly through repetitive or recurrent discourse strategies such as the re-use of topicality and routinized responses. The strategies cement the interactions in a way which may occasionally impede topical progression. At the same time, the repeatedly constructed coherence patterns in the SCC conversations contribute to coherence in the present lives and worlds of the aged. More thorough connections between age and coherence-making remain to be investigated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 32, no 4, 425-462 p.
Multiparty conversation, Coherence, Activity type, Episode, Social interaction, Senior citizens, Communicative impairments
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12875DOI: 10.1016/S0378-2166(99)00058-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12875DiVA: diva2:17257
On the day of the defence date the title of this article was "Talk for talk's sake: On routine construction of coherence in multiparty phatic conversation".2008-01-072008-01-072011-08-29Bibliographically approved