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Retrospection and understanding in interaction

  • This paper shows how understanding in interaction is informed by temporality, and in particular, by the workings of retrospection. Understanding is a temporally extended, sequentially organized process. Temporality, namely, the sequential relationship of turn positions, equips participants with default mechanisms to display understandings and to expect such displays. These mechanisms require local management of turn-taking to be in order, i.e., the possibility and the expectation to respond locally and reciprocally to prior turns at talk. Sequential positions of turns in interaction provide an infrastructure for displaying understanding and accomplishing intersubjectivity. Linguistic practices specialized in displaying particular kinds of (not) understanding are adapted to the individual sequential positions with respect to an action-to-be-understood.

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Author:Arnulf DeppermannORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Temporality in interaction
Series (Serial Number):Studies in language and social interaction (27.)
Place of publication:Benjamins
Editor:Arnulf Deppermann, Susanne Günthner
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2015
Date of Publication (online):2015/03/25
GND Keyword:Interaktionsanalyse; Verstehen
First Page:57
Last Page:94
The published article is under copyright of Benjamins. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt