Responding in Conversation: A Study of Response Particles in Finnish
This book concerns particles that are used as responses in conversations. It provides much needed methodological tools for analyzing the use of response particles in languages, while its particular focus is Finnish. The book focuses on two Finnish particles, nii(n) and joo, which in some of their central usages have "yeah" and "yes" as their closest English counterparts. The two particles are discussed in a number of sequential and activity contexts, including their use as answers to yes-no questions and directives, as responses to a stance-taking by the prior speaker, and in the midst of an extended telling by the co-participant. It will be shown how there is a fine-grained division of labor between the particles, having to do with the epistemic and affective character of the talk and the continuation vs. closure-relevance of the activity. The book connects the interactional usages of the particles with what is known about their historical origins, and in this fashion it is also of interest to linguists doing research on processes of grammaticalization and lexicalization.
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Responding in Conversation: A study of response particles in Finnish
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action expressed agreeing response agreement anaphoric answer assessment backchannel be-PST Chapter claim clitic co-participant co-participant's prior continuation deixis discussed display of affiliation doctor Eeva epistemic etta falling terminal contour finite verb Finnish following example function grammatical heard hhhh imperative implies indexes initiated insertion sequence interaction intonation unit invites issue it-PAR Jaana joo response kind kuule Leena line 11 line 9 line of talk nii and joo nii response nii speaker nii(n ol-i participants particle joo particle nii patient Pekka possible completion prior talk prior turn prior utterance produced prosodic unit provides PRT PRT PRT recipient reference Reijo relevant repeat request responds with joo response forms response particles response type Schegloff se-n segment Seppo sequence Sisko sitte specific stance subsequent talk suggestion telling there.to thereby Tiina tion topic tota treats Tuire turn in line usages V-interrogative Veke yes-no questions