|Author(s)||Galina B. Bolden|
|Title||Opening up closings in Russian|
|Editor(s)||Geoffrey Raymond, Gene H. Lerner, John Heritage|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Russian, conversation closings, overall structural organization, prosody, conversation analysis|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing|
|City||Amsterdam / Philadelphia|
|Book title||Enabling Human Conduct: Studies of talk-in-interaction in honor of Emanuel A. Schegloff|
Taking its inspiration in “Opening Up Closings” by Schegloff and Sacks (1973), the chapter investigates how the activity of closing a conversation is initiated in Russian telephone conversations. Two distinct practices for initiating closings – tacit and explicit closings initiations – are examined, in terms of their lexical and prosodic composition and their position. Conversation closings may be launched tacitly when a closing implicative environment has been established. Prosody plays an important role both in establishing a closing-implicative environment and in accomplishing a move into closings. Closings may also be initiated explicitly (via a request or offer to end the conversation) when a closing-relevant environment has not been established or in order to accomplish additional relationship-reaffirming work.