Lancaster EPrints

Keeping your footing: conversational completion in three-part sequences.

Antaki, C. and Díaz, F. and Collins, A. F. (1996) Keeping your footing: conversational completion in three-part sequences. Journal of Pragmatics, 25 (2). pp. 151-171.

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

In a rapprochement between two rather different domains of pragmatics, we apply Goffman's notion of ‘footing’ to what happens when one speaker completes another speaker's utterance. Participants manage this in three-part sequences, in the third turn of which the original speaker accepts or rejects not merely the propositional content of the putative completion, but also the footing on which the completion is uttered. The heart of the paper demonstrates participants' orientation to footing in cases where the original utterance is on the footing of ‘author’, ‘relayer’ and ‘spokesperson’ in Levinson's terminology. Then we show details of how such completions are ratified (with agreement tokens, literal echos of the completion, or marks of appreciation) and rejected (by markers of dispreference and possibly by zero-appreciation turns). We then turn our attention to some findings that emerge from the analysis. These include: the role played by a suffix at the end of a completion; the limit to the power of footing to overcome the preference organisation of corrections; and how (some) completions manage to keep the floor.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Pragmatics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 18984
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2008 15:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:24
Identification Number:
URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/18984

Actions (login required)

View Item