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Minimal answers to yes/no questions in the service of sequence organization
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
2010 (English)In: Discourse Studies, ISSN 1461-4456, E-ISSN 1461-7080, Vol. 12, no 3, 283-309 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In conversation analytic and interactional studies, some responses are analyzed as being minimal. This article explores minimality in regard to two types of answers that appear to be used interchangeably as minimal responses to yes/no questions in Estonian. The answers represent typologically different formats, particles and echo answers (verb repeats). It is argued that minimality should be defined in a sequentially sensitive manner and that the two answer formats are used to display speaker’s understanding of the status of the social action implemented in the preceding question. The data come from audio recordings of phone calls and face-to-face interaction.

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2010. Vol. 12, no 3, 283-309 p.
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minimal answers, echo answers, response particles, yes/no questions, sequence organization, interactional linguistics, conversation analysis, Estonian, confirmation, epistemic strength
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120740DOI: 10.1177/1461445610363951ISI: 000278250900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120740DiVA: diva2:303930
Available from: 2010-03-16 Created: 2010-03-16 Last updated: 2010-12-10Bibliographically approved

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