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ERIC Number: ED559873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 207
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ISBN: 978-1-3033-3381-1
Indexing Inferables and Organizational Shifts: "No"-Prefaces in English Conversation
Raclaw, Joshua
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder
This dissertation uses conversation analysis to examine three non-disagreeing functions of the token "no" when it prefaces a turn at talk. In the first function, "no"-prefaces index and respond to an inferential component of a prior turn. This practice entails a number of sub-practices, in which speakers use "no"-prefaced responses to deny face-threatening actions produced through "off-record" formulations, display affiliation with a recipient by managing incongruent stance displays, manage inferences regarding the speaker's epistemic stance or rights, deny an inference conveyed through a prior polar question, or produce a preferred response to delicate formulations that index a recipient's accountability, blame, or guilt. In the second function, "no"-prefaces mark a shift in how the turn is organized with regard to the speaker's footing. In this practice, speakers employ "no"-prefaced turns to shift between non-serious and serious interactional frames, or retroactively assert the serious footing of a prior utterance. In the third function, "no"-prefaces mark a shift in how the turn is organized with regard to the surrounding talk. In this practice, "no"-prefaced turns may be used to mark a unit of talk as hearably "misplaced", connect back to a prior segment of talk, or close an extended telling sequence. As a study situated within the framework of interactional linguistics, this dissertation examines these functions of "no"-prefaces in the context of naturally-occurring English conversation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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