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ERIC Number: EJ1176948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1936-7384
Category Terms as Story-Telling Shortcuts
Reddington, Elizabeth
Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, v13 n1 p46-48 2013
Following Stokoe (2012), who grounded her study of membership categorization practices in the analysis of particular sequences of interaction, such as advice-giving, Elizabeth Reddington examines how participants invoke and orient to categories in story-telling episodes. Because category terms are inherently inference-rich (Schegloff, 2007), Reddington argues that they may serve as a powerful resource for story-tellers: By invoking particular categories, a speaker can prompt a listener to make inferences that facilitate the telling of the story, obviating the need for certain accounts and explanations. She then analyzes two extracts from a Skype phone conversation in which one female friend shares stories about her apartment-hunting experience with another female friend. Reddington suggests that evidence for categorization work in these extracts may be found both in what the participants say and in what they do not have to say.
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Language: English
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