Keevallik2018a

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Keevallik2018a
BibType ARTICLE
Key Keevallik2018a
Author(s) Leelo Keevallik
Title Sequence Initiation or Self-Talk? Commenting on the Surroundings While Mucking out a Sheep

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Tag(s) EMCA, Sequence-initiating actions, Self-talk, Estonian
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Year 2018
Language English
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Journal Research on Language & Social Interaction
Volume 51
Number 3
Pages 313-328
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DOI 10.1080/08351813.2018.1485233
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Abstract

This study investigates comments on the physical surroundings while a group of people are shoveling dung in a sheep stable. In this setting, where the auditory space is mostly open for talk, some comments launch a conversa- tional sequence, while others are treated as self-talk. The article discusses how the speaker’s body posture, speech volume, and gaze, as well as the nature of the referent, contribute to attracting a response. Comments treated as self-talk are typically uttered with low volume, while the speaker is bending forwards with his or her gaze toward the ground. Comments that launch a sequence and achieve a focused interaction are instead spoken out loud, with the speaker’s body oriented toward the other participants, and deploy the recipi- ents’ current attention focus. Furthermore, the timing of the comment just before an upcoming activity junction from shoveling to a brief rest increases the chances of a conversational sequence being developed. The data are in Estonian with an English translation.

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