Imperatives in Swedish medical consultations

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Lindström , J K , Lindholm , C C , Norrby , C , Wide , C & Nilsson , J 2017 , Imperatives in Swedish medical consultations . in M-L Sorjonen , L Raevaara & E Couper-Kuhlen (eds) , Imperative Turns at Talk : The Design of Directives in Action . 1 edn , vol. 30 , 10 , Studies in Language and Social Interaction , vol. 30 , John Benjamins , Amsterdam , pp. 299-324 .

Title: Imperatives in Swedish medical consultations
Author: Lindström, Jan Krister; Lindholm, Camilla Christina; Norrby, Catrin; Wide, Camilla; Nilsson, Jenny
Other contributor: Sorjonen, Marja-Leena
Raevaara, Liisa
Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth
Contributor organization: Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
Publisher: John Benjamins
Date: 2017-08-15
Language: eng
Number of pages: 26
Belongs to series: Imperative Turns at Talk
Belongs to series: Studies in Language and Social Interaction
ISBN: 978 90 272 2640 2
978 90 272 6552 4
ISSN: 1879-3983
Abstract: This chapter investigates the use of imperative-formatted directives in Swedish medical consultations. The specific focus of the chapter is the division of labor between straight, non-modulated imperative turns and imperative turns which are modulated with a discourse particle or some other verbal mitigating device. The results show that non-modulated imperative turns are embedded in diagnostic work, nominating subsequent actions in a series. Orientations to projected trajectories of action and the other participant’s expectations are clearly present when modulated imperative turns are produced; they are also frequent in the opening and closing routines of the consultations. Thus, there is a link between routinized and projectable actions and the use of imperatives with a pragmatic modulating element.
Subject: 6121 Languages
medical interaction
Interactional linguistics
Conversation analysis
Finland Swedish
variational pragmatics
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: other
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion
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Grant number: 284595

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