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Huhtamäki2020
BibType ARTICLE
Key Huhtamäki2020
Author(s) Martina Huhtamäki, Jan Lindström, Anne-Marie Londen
Title Other-repetition sequences in Finland Swedish: Prosody, grammar, and context in action ascription
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Tag(s) EMCA, repetition, Action ascription, prosody in interaction, repair, epistemics, Conversation analysis
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Year 2020
Language English
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Journal Language in Society
Volume 49
Number 4
Pages 653-686
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DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404520000056
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Abstract

This study examines other-repetitions in Finland Swedish talk-in-interaction: their sequential trajectories, prosodic design, and lexicogrammatical features. The key objective is to explore how prosody can contribute to the action conveyed by a repetition turn, that is, whether it deals with a problem of hearing or understanding, a problem of expectation, or just registers receipt of information. The analysis shows that large and upgraded prosodic features (higher onset, wider pitch span than the previous turn) co-occur with repair- and expectation-oriented repetitions, whereas small, downgraded prosody (lower onset, narrower pitch span than the previous turn) is characteristic of registering. However, the distinguishing strength of prosody is mostly gradient (rather than discrete), and because of this, other concomitant cues, most notably the speakers’ epistemic positions in relation to the repeated item, are also of importance for ascribing a certain pragmatic function to a repetition.

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