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Accomplishing continuity across sequences and encounters: No(h)-prefaced initiations in Estonian
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Language and Culture. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2175-8710
2013 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, Vol. 57, 274-289 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Initiating actions, such as the introduction of a topic or the initiation of a sequence in a conversation, are social accomplishments. The study focuses on the Estonian no(h)-preface in turns that initiate action sequences and often also a locally new topic in a human encounter. It argues that these no(h)-prefaced turns accomplish continuity beyond the current event and thereby index a long-term involvement between the participants. By marking the turn as warranted by an earlier action trajectory, the no(h)-preface contributes to achieving continuity of action across intervening sequences and encounters. The data come from 70 hours of recordings primarily of phone calls.

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Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 57, 274-289 p.
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pragmatics, pragmatic particle, conversation analysis, discourse marker, sequence, Estonian, turn-initiation, preface
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102518DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2013.06.011ISI: 000328659000020OAI: diva2:678669
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, LS10-1238
Available from: 2013-12-12 Created: 2013-12-12 Last updated: 2015-01-09

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