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Issues in Action Formation: Requests and the Problem with x

Barbara A. Fox / Trine Heinemann
  • Finnish Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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Published Online: 2017-03-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opli-2017-0003

Abstract

In previous interactional studies of formats for utterances doing requests, attention has been given to the initial verb (such as can/could or wonder) and possibly the subject (especially I vs you). The current study examines the main types of grammatical variation found in what we call the “x component,” that is the segment after the initial verb and subject. We examine two types of requests: those with can you x and those with wonder x, and we find that variations in the x component in these requests are associated with variations in the unfolding development of the request sequences. We thus suggest that the x component is crucial to the interactional work accomplished by the requesting utterance.

Keywords: Conversation Analysis; Requests; Action formation

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About the article

Received: 2016-09-16

Accepted: 2017-01-11

Published Online: 2017-03-30

Published in Print: 2017-01-26


Citation Information: Open Linguistics, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 31–64, ISSN (Online) 2300-9969, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opli-2017-0003.

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