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Doing more than confirming: expanded responses to requests for confirmation in German talk-in-interaction

  • While requests for confirmation (RfCs) make a yes/no-response relevant, recipients often produce more than a mere confirmation. Our paper explores expanded responses to RfCs in German talk-in-interaction. We focus on responses consisting of a confirmation and an additional TCU/action. Drawing on video data from mundane and institutional settings, we demonstrate how expanded responses are designed and fit the sequential environments in which they occur. We show four different functions fulfilled with expanded responses: (i) specifying and elaborating on the topic introduced in the RfC, (ii) accounting for the intelligibility of the speaker’s prior actions, (iii) resisting the terms of the RfC, and (iv) challenging a RfC by referring to the recipient’s pre-existing knowledge. Finally, we summarize interactional features relevant for the occurrence of expanded responses in our data. In addition, we discuss the implications of our results for future cross linguistic research.

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Author:Alexandra GubinaORCiDGND, Emma BetzORCiDGND, Arnulf DeppermannORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Contrastive Pragmatics
Place of publication:Leiden
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2024
Date of Publication (online):2024/04/12
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Publicationstate:Veröffentlichungsversion (Diamond OA)
Publicationstate:Ahead of Print
Tag:Interactional Linguistics; account; challenge; expanded response; request for confirmation; topical elaboration; transformative answer
GND Keyword:Antwort; Bestätigung; Deutsch; Frage; Interaktion; Konversationsanalyse; Sprecher
First Page:1
Last Page:40
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Gesprächsforschung / Gesprochene Sprache
Program areas:Pragmatik
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International