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Pivots constructions as methods for perspective shift during turns at talk
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (Språk, interaktion och lärande)
2013 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, Vol. 54, no SI, 35-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports results from a conversation analytic (CA) study on how participants use pivot constructions as methods to shift perspective during on-going turn construction while engaging in local communicative tasks and projects. Data are drawn from a corpus of everyday and institutional Swedish talk-in-interaction. Three main variants of perspective shifts are presented: shifts into explanatory talk; shifts in epistemic stance; and shifts during turns within an extended telling sequence. Perspective shifts with pivot construction may be used as an incremental method of redesigning the incipient turn for next actions (by self or other), as a method for avoiding involvement into the turn construction by other participants, or as a turn-keeping method when facing overlapping talk. The results indicate that grammar and grammatical structure are organized dialogically on a local level and emerge from speakers’ turn construction methods and turn-taking practices when participating in talk-in-interaction.

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2013. Vol. 54, no SI, 35-56 p.
Keyword [en]
Pivot Construction, Dialogical Grammar, Conversation analysis, Incremental turn construction, Perspective shifts
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-205793DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2012.09.019ISI: 000322605600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-205793DiVA: diva2:642639
Available from: 2013-08-22 Created: 2013-08-22 Last updated: 2013-09-02Bibliographically approved

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