Partial intersubjectivity and sufficient understandings for current practical purposes : On a specialized practice in Swedish conversation

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Linell , P & Lindström , J K 2016 , ' Partial intersubjectivity and sufficient understandings for current practical purposes : On a specialized practice in Swedish conversation ' , Nordic journal of linguistics , vol. 39 , no. 2 , pp. 113-133 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0332586516000081

Title: Partial intersubjectivity and sufficient understandings for current practical purposes : On a specialized practice in Swedish conversation
Author: Linell, Per; Lindström, Jan Krister
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
Date: 2016-10-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Nordic journal of linguistics
ISSN: 0332-5865
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/175072
Abstract: This paper explores issues of intersubjectivity and shared understanding as they arise in dyadic spoken interaction. Using data from Swedish conversations, we approach the topic by focusing on the functions of a reactive construction that occurs in situations when a linguistic expression (x) has been used in a prior utterance, and this expression is found to be only partially acceptable in the situation at hand. It is therefore reacted to by one of the interlocutors, and negotiated in a new turn initiated by x-°a-x, i.e. a unit in which two identical copies of x are conjoined by °a ‘and’, and then expanded by a supporting argument. The pragmatic functions of the construction include that of suggesting a sufficient clarification of what should be a reasonable situated meaning and an intersubjective basis for ensuing talk.
Subject: 6121 Languages
Conversation Analysis
interactional linguistics
intersubjectivity
subjectivity
reactive construction
Swedish
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