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  • Norrby, Catrin; Lindström, Jan; Nilsson, Jenny; Wide, Camilla (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, 2021)
    RJ:s skriftserie
    Interaction and Variation in Pluricentric Languages (IVIP) is a research programme which was funded for eight years (2013–2020) by the Swedish research foundation Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for the Advancement of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The programme findings have, to date, resulted in some sixty publications; for details the reader is directed to the list of publications available at the IVIP homepage ( The plan to investigate pluricentricity based on interactions in the national varieties of Swedish evolved partly from an earlier Australian research project on address practices in the pluricentric languages English, French, German and Swedish (Clyne/Norrby/Warren 2009), which had uncovered some interesting pragmatic differences between national varieties of these languages, and partly from the realisation that there was very little research on pluricentricity from an interactional perspective at the time. Accordingly, the main motivation of the research programme was to address this research gap and, more specifically, to contribute to the fuller description of the variation in communicative patterns between the two national varieties of Swedish based on comparable datasets. This book reports the project’s main findings concerning following areas of interest: greeting behavior, forms of address, presenting the reason-for-a-visit, directive actions, assessments, feedback, and thanking. Also topics such as embodiment, non-verbal resources and artefacts in interaction are discussed.
  • Norrby, Catrin; Nilsson, Jenny; Wide, Camilla; Lindström, Jan (Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för nordiska språk, 2019)
    Skrifter utgivna av Institutionen för nordiska språk vid Uppsala universitet
    This study explores sequences of talk in service encounters in which the institutional, transactional business is abandoned in favor of talk on private matters. We are spefically discussing cases where the customer and staff member engage in talk about their family members (spouses, children). An analysis of what kind of interpersonal functions this kind of talk may have is offered. The non-transactional talk can a means of providing necessary information for the institutional task, requesting a favor, dealing with an epistemic problem, joking, focusing on the qualities of a family member, or achieving small-talk in general.
  • Henricson, Sofie; Lindström, Jan (Skrifter från svenska institutionen vid Åbo Akademi, 2020)
    Skrifter från Svenska institutionen vid Åbo Akademi
    In this paper, we present an interactional analysis of pseudo-cleft constructions in Swedish talk-in-interaction. The pseudo-cleft construction is an existing speakers’ resource in Swedish interaction, and it displays regular structural patterns and characteristic interactional functions. Swedish pseudo clefts, such as "va ja inte gillar e hennes nasala röst" ‘what I don’t like is her nasal voice’, are bipartite constructions where Part A of the construction, "va ja inte gillar" ‘what I don’t like’, is a nominal relative clause headed by the relative pronoun "vad" ‘what’ or the demonstrative "det" ‘that’, often combined with the relativizer "som". The copula verb, "e" ‘is’, links Part A with the subjective complement, Part B, "hennes nasala röst" ‘her nasal voice’, which is traditionally analysed as the focus-bearing cleft constituent. As our analysis show,s in conversational, online speaking there is some variation in the degree to which pseudo-cleft constructions are syntactically integrated: from fully integrated biclausal constructions to non-copular variants and further to variants in which the latter turn-part stands in a loose relation to the cleft clause or is aborted or even missing. Our analysis is based on a collection of ca. 80 pseudo-cleft constructions excerpted from audio- and video-recorded interactions. We will account for the construction’s functional properties that have to do with projecting actions and generating discourse events, e.g. showing that Part A has an important turn-projecting function in that it often discloses the speaker’s stance towards the issue at hand. The pseudo-cleft constructions are recurrently employed for marking discourse shifts, e.g. from a positive to a negative stance. These can be paralleled with previous studies on pseudo-cleft constructions e.g. in English, German, French, and Hebrew (e.g. Hopper & Thompson 2008; Günthner 2011; Pekarek Doehler 2011; Maschler & Fishman 2020). Our findings shed new light on structural and functional properties of pseudo-clefts in the Swedish language, but also more generally in spoken interaction.