Other-repetition sequences in Finland Swedish : Prosody, grammar, and context in action ascription

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Huhtamäki , M , Lindström , J & Londen , A-M 2020 , ' Other-repetition sequences in Finland Swedish : Prosody, grammar, and context in action ascription ' , Language in Society , vol. 49 , no. 4 , 0047404520000056 , pp. 653-686 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404520000056

Title: Other-repetition sequences in Finland Swedish : Prosody, grammar, and context in action ascription
Author: Huhtamäki, Martina; Lindström, Jan; Londen, Anne-Marie
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Scandinavian languages
University of Helsinki, Scandinavian languages
Date: 2020-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 34
Belongs to series: Language in Society
ISSN: 0047-4045
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404520000056
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/322841
Abstract: This study examines other-repetitions in Finland Swedish talk-in-interaction: their sequential trajectories, prosodic design, and lexicogrammatical features. The key objective is to explore how prosody can contribute to the action conveyed by a repetition turn, that is, whether it deals with a problem of hearing or understanding, a problem of expectation, or just registers receipt of information. The analysis shows that large and upgraded prosodic features (higher onset, wider pitch span than the previous turn) co-occur with repair- and expectation-oriented repetitions, whereas small, downgraded prosody (lower onset, narrower pitch span than the previous turn) is characteristic of registering. However, the distinguishing strength of prosody is mostly gradient (rather than discrete), and because of this, other concomitant cues, most notably the speakers’ epistemic positions in relation to the repeated item, are also of importance for ascribing a certain pragmatic function to a repetition.
Subject: 6121 Languages
repetition
other-repetition
next-turn repetition
action ascription
prosody in conversation
repair
Epistemics in interaction
Conversation Analysis
Interactional linguistics
Finland Swedish
REPAIR
ORGANIZATION
INITIATION
QUESTIONS
RESPONSES
REPEATS
TALK
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