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Strategy ascriptions in public mediation talks

  • Action ascription is an emergent process of mutual displays of understanding. Usually, the kind of action that is ascribed to a prior turn by a next action remains implicit. Sometimes, however, actions are overtly ascribed, for example, when speakers expose the use of strategies. This happens particularly in conflictual interaction, such as public debates or mediation talks. In these interactional settings, one of the speakers’ goals is to discredit their opponents in front of other participants or an overhearing audience. This chapter investigates different types of overt strategy ascriptions in a public mediation: exposing the opponent’s use of rhetorical devices, exposing the opponent’s use of false premises, and exposing that an opponent is telling only a half-truth. This chapter shows how speakers use ascriptions of acting strategically as accusations to disclose their opponents’ intentions and ‘truths’ that the opponents allegedly conceal and that are detrimental to their position.

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Author:Henrike HelmerORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Action ascription in interaction
Series (Serial Number):Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics (35)
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Place of publication:Cambridge
Editor:Arnulf Deppermann, Michael Haugh
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2022
Date of Publication (online):2022/04/04
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) [Zweitveröffentlichung]
Tag:accusation; argumentation; intention ascription; public mediation; strategy ascription
GND Keyword:Argumentation; Beschuldigung; Debatte; Handlung; Intention; Interaktion; Konflikt; Mediation; Strategie; Verstehen
First Page:160
Last Page:182
This material has been published in "Action Ascription in Interaction", edited by Arnulf Deppermann/Michael Haugh: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108673419. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © Cambridge University Press.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Program areas:P2: Mündliche Korpora
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt