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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,

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,

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.
 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

Bibliography database entries tagged with 'Accounts'