Chapter published in:Between Turn and Sequence: Turn-initial particles across languages
Edited by John Heritage and Marja-Leena Sorjonen
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction 31] 2018
► pp. 315–338
Making up one’s mind in second position
Estonian no-preface in action plans
This chapter discusses preferred responses that are delayed in their turn by the initial particle no in Estonian. It demonstrates that the turn-initial time-space may be employed for a display of “making up one’s mind”, either weighing matters outside the conversation or something already discussed in the talk. The paper argues that besides the dichotomous choice between the preferred and the dispreferred answer format, there are individual contingencies to consider in committing to future actions as made relevant in requests, proposals and suggestions. By marking a transition from prior resistance to compliance with a no-preface, the speaker indexes that the emerging response is carefully considered and therefore socially cohesive.
Keywords: interactional linguistics, emergent grammar, temporality, turn-prefacing, complying, agreeing, second pair part, preference, particle no , Estonian
Published online: 19 July 2018
Curl, Traci S., and Paul Drew
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Hakulinen, Auli, and Marja-Leena Sorjonen
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Sorjonen, Marja-Leena, and Auli Hakulinen
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