Issues in Action Formation : Requests and the Problem with x

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Fox , B A & Heinemann , T 2017 , ' Issues in Action Formation : Requests and the Problem with x ' , Open Linguistics , vol. 3 , no. 1 , pp. 31-64 . https://doi.org/10.1515/opli-2017-0003

Title: Issues in Action Formation : Requests and the Problem with x
Author: Fox, Barbara A.; Heinemann, Trine
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
Date: 2017-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 34
Belongs to series: Open Linguistics
ISSN: 2300-9969
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299863
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.
Subject: Conversation Analysis
Requests
Action formation
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