Combining clauses in interaction. The "voi olla että" '(it) may be that' utterance in Finnish.

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Niemi , J 2015 , ' Combining clauses in interaction. The "voi olla että" '(it) may be that' utterance in Finnish. ' , Journal of Pragmatics , vol. 77 , pp. 80-96 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2015.01.003

Title: Combining clauses in interaction. The "voi olla että" '(it) may be that' utterance in Finnish.
Author: Niemi, Jarkko
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
Date: 2015
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Journal of Pragmatics
ISSN: 0378-2166
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/156239
Abstract: This study investigates the Finnish bipartite utterance that consists of a display of an epistemic stance by voi olla ‘(it) may be’ and a span of talk initiated by että ‘that’ following it. It is shown that in a sequence-initiating turn, the voi olla että ‘(it) may be that’ utterance conveys a lack of knowledge of a state of affairs. By contrast, in a responding turn, the voi olla että ‘(it) may be that’ utterance commonly cooperates with the preference displayed by the prior speaker's turn, and the implied lack of knowledge may not be as real as in an initiating turn. Moreover, the study demonstrates that the relative prominence of a bipartite utterance differs according to its sequential position. In an initiating turn, the talk following voi olla is more prominent, which reflects the function of the turn as initiating something new. By contrast, in a responding turn, voi olla gains more prominence than the talk that follows it, because the stance it expresses cooperates with a preference displayed by the co-participant's prior action. The data for this study are drawn from audio and videotaped interactions between friends and relatives, as well as from customer service encounters. The study is informed by the method of conversation analysis.
Subject: 6121 Languages
Clause combining
Subordination
Conversation analysis
FINNISH
CONVERSATION
ORGANIZATION
KNOWLEDGE
ENGLISH
STANCE
TALK
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