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Drew2018b
BibType ARTICLE
Key Drew2018b
Author(s) Paul Drew
Title Equivocal invitations (in English)
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Tag(s) EMCA, Equivocality, Invitations, Morpho-syntactic design, Telephone conversation
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Year 2018
Language English
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Journal Journal of Pragmatics
Volume 125
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Pages 62–75
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DOI 10.1016/j.pragma.2017.07.005
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Abstract

Examining a corpus of invitations made in telephone calls, in English (US and UK), there is evidently some variation in the design of turns in which the invitations are made, in their lexico-grammatical format. The variations in the forms through which these invitations are delivered are associated, broadly speaking, with two intersecting contingencies; the sequential and interactional circumstances (environment) in which the invitation is being made, and the kind of occasion that is represented in the invitation. The ways in which the design form(at) of an invitation is shaped by its interactional environment and represents a particular ‘kind of occasion' is explored here. However, there is something further which, across the variations in their specific lexico-grammatical design, these designs tend to have in common – that is, that they are variations of equivocal forms of invitation (in contrast to grammatically ‘assertive' forms); that is there is an uncertainty, a tentativeness in asking, amounting to a kind of cautiousness. This paper reports these equivocal forms through which invitations are most commonly made.

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