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ERIC Number: EJ854401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
Practices for Dispreferred Responses Using "No" by a Learner of English
Hellermann, John
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v47 n1 p95-126 Mar 2009
Responding in a manner that does not align with an action or affiliate with a stance implicated in just prior talk is potentially sensitive work. Conversation Analysis (CA) has shown that participants orient to the sensitive nature of sequences of talk used to project responses that do not align, or, are dispreferred (Pomerantz, Agreeing and disagreeing with assessments: Some features of preferred/dispreferred turn shapes, Cambridge University Press, 1984) in some way. This paper examines such responses, especially with the use of "no" tokens. The talk comes from the interactions of one adult learner of English in a language learning classroom over the course of five ten-week terms. The findings show that the participant's use of "no" (for other-correction, third-position repair, and multiple sayings) is oriented to by peers as appropriate for the classroom community of practice. Learning, it is suggested, may be seen in the learner's orientation to the preference for affiliation when doing negative responses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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