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Burdett-etal2019
BibType ARTICLE
Key Burdett-etal2019
Author(s) Mark Burdett, Marco Pino, Nima Moghaddam, Thomas Schröder
Title “It sounds silly now, but it was important then”: Supporting the significance of a personal experience in psychotherapy
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Tag(s) EMCA, Conversation analysis, Delicacy, Experience, Meta-talk, Psychotherapy
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Year 2019
Language English
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Journal Journal of Pragmatics
Volume 148
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Pages 12-25
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DOI 10.1016/j.pragma.2019.05.007
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Abstract

The article examines a previously undocumented practice whereby psychotherapy clients support the significance of their experience against the background of how it can other- wise be heard. This practice is the phrase “it sounds X, but Y” (e.g., “which sounds silly now, but was like important then”). We call this an SXB-contrast. We used conversation analysis to examine 21 instances of this phenomenon, identified in 12 audio-recorded individual psychotherapy sessions involving 10 clients and 8 therapists. Clients use SXB-contrasts to mark part of their talk as delicate, specifically by voicing an unsympathetic hearing of that talk whilst supporting its experiential significance. Evi- dence for our claims comes from clients’ use of SXB-contrasts in association with practices of speech delivery (e.g., laughter) and self-repair operations which also establish a part of their talk as delicate. Therapist responses provide additional supporting evidence. The study contributes to understanding how clients can use meta-talk to convey the meaning of their experiences in therapy whilst also making available their own emerging awareness of the multiple meanings of those experiences.

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