This should be a generic page on accounts at some point. For now it's just a stub with some notes.
It should probably include the following discussion from Languse (Jan 2016).
On Languse Jessica Robles asks:
Greetings, Does anyone know of lit (especially in CA) looking at responses that resist providing an account? For example, answering "why do I have to go to bed early" with "because I said so" or (this is closer to what's in the data I'm looking at) answering "why aren't you doing such-and-such" with "because I'm not." I have found a reference (Heller, 2014) in which this is described as a way of doing parental authority, but am curious about whether there is a more general technical description of this sort of practice anywhere--I am having a hard time finding any through the usual channels. Thank you!
Joshua Raclaw replies: Outside of caregiver-child talk, Waring (2005) talks about a similar use of this type of resistance in peer tutoring sessions: Waring, Hansun Zhang (2005) âPeer tutoring in a graduate writing center: Identity, expertise and advice resistingâ, Applied Linguistics 26/2: 141-68 Best wishes, Josh
Jeffrey Robinson replies:
In terms of accounts, you might think about these examples you provided as 'not providing GOOD accounts,' in the sense of Mills and Sacks (i.e., accounts have their own account-able structure). Galina and I have looked at Why-questions, and some of our data involve 'resisting' the provision of accounts, and of 'good' ones. And I have looked at counter-informings and the need for accounts and, in some cases, resisting their provision. Bolden, G., & Robinson, J. D. (2011). Soliciting accounts with why-interrogatives in naturally occurring English conversation. Journal of Communication, 61, 94-119. . Robinson, J. D., & Bolden, G. (2010). Preference organization of sequence-initiating actions: The case of explicit account solicitations. Discourse Studies, 12, 501-533. . Robinson, J. D. (2009). Managing counterinformings: An interactional practice for soliciting information that facilitates reconciliation of speakersâ incompatible positions. Human Communication Research, 35, 561-587.
Edward Reynolds replies:
. In the same vein as Jeffrey's suggestion Sacks looked at responses that are 'more than an answer long', or not and whether accounts are necessary in replies. This is taken up by . Ford, Cecilia. 2001 At the intersection of turn and sequence: Negation and what comes next . In Studies in Interactional Linguistics, Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Margret Selting (Eds.). Amsterdam: Benjamins. 51-79. . and . Raymond, G. (2003). Grammar and social organization: Yes/no interrogatives and the structure of responding. American sociological review, 939-967.
Wayne Beach replies:
. The organization of accounts in these materials may also be useful: . Beach, W.A. (1990/1991). Avoiding ownership for alleged wrongdoings. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 24, 1-36. . Beach, W.A. (1996). Conversations about illness: Family preoccupations with bulimia. Mahwah, NH: Lawrence Erlbaum Assiciates, Inc.
Mehmet Ali Icbar replies:
I hope this might also help you http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/text.2015.35.issue-2/text-2014-0034/text-2014-0034.xml