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Confirmation or Elaboration: What Do Yes/No Declaratives Want?

Seuren, L. & Huiskes, M., 2017, In : Research on Language and Social Interaction. 50, 2, p. 188-205 18 p.

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Recent analyses have argued that when requests for confirmation are implemented with declarative word order, they are closure-implicative due to the relatively knowing stance indexed with the declarative. This article demonstrates, however, that in some cases participants show an orientation to both confirmation and elaboration as a relevant next action. By comparing requests for confirmation that are closure-implicative to those that are expansion-implicative, it is argued that in addition to epistemic stance, participants also orient to the lexical design features and sequential placement of these declarative yes/no-type initiating actions to determine the relevant type of response. Data are in Dutch with English translations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-205
Number of pages18
JournalResearch on Language and Social Interaction
Volume50
Issue number2
Early online date8-Jun-2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

  • POLAR QUESTIONS, RESPONSES, INTERROGATIVES, CONVERSATION, SEQUENCE, REPEATS, FORM

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