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Indexing one’s own previous action as inadequate: On ah-prefaced repeats as receipt tokens in French talk-in-interaction
Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, Heslington, York, United Kingdom; French Studies, Centre for Languages and Literature Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7253-9636
2015 (English)In: Language in society (London. Print), ISSN 0047-4045, E-ISSN 1469-8013, Vol. 44, no 4, 497-524 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article considers a practice in French talk-in-interaction, formally characterized as other-repeats prefaced by the change-of-state particle ah. The target practice accomplishes a claim of receipt, while at the same time indexing as somehow inadequate a previous turn by the receipt speaker. Evidence drawn upon includes: (i) the sequential locations of the examined phenomenon; (ii) ensuing developments of the sequence, wherein the indexed inadequacy is more explicitly acknowledged; and (iii) the discriminability of the focal practice with respect to alternative practices. Two phonetically distinguished variants of the practice, and their respective sequential projections (‘problematizing’ topicalization or ‘accepting’ closure), are discussed. This article contributes to the study of how intersubjectivity is managed and administered by participants, and to research on the management of accountability for producing ‘adequate’ turns and actions. Finally, it addresses ongoing discussions concerning the analysis of multiple actions (first- and second-order) conveyed simultaneously in single turns. (French, talk-in-interaction, repetition, receipts, particles, indexicality, intersubjectivity, prosody, phonetics)

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Cambridge University Press, 2015. Vol. 44, no 4, 497-524 p.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131377DOI: 10.1017/S004740451500041XOAI: diva2:971089
Available from: 2016-09-15 Created: 2016-09-15 Last updated: 2016-09-21Bibliographically approved

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