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Assistance and other forms of cooperative engagement

  • In their analysis of methods that participants use to manage the realization of practical courses of action, Kendrick and Drew (2016/this issue) focus on cases of assistance, where the need to be addressed is Self’s, and Other lends a helping hand. In our commentary, we point to other forms of cooperative engagement that are ubiquitously recruited in interaction. Imperative requests characteristically expect compliance on the grounds of Other’s already established commitment to a wider and shared course of actions. Established commitments can also provide the engine behind recruitment sequences that proceed nonverbally. And forms of cooperative engagement that are well glossed as assistance can nevertheless be demonstrably oriented to established commitments. In sum, we find commitment to shared courses of action to be an important element in the design and progression of certain recruitment sequences, where the involvement of Other is best defined as contribution. The commentary highlights the importance of interdependent orientations in the organization of cooperation. Data are in German, Italian, and Polish.

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Author:Jörg ZinkenGND, Giovanni Rossi
Parent Title (English):Research on language and social interaction
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Place of publication:Philadelphia, PA
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2016
Date of Publication (online):2016/05/04
Tag:Assistance; commitment; cooperation; joint projects; requests; shared courses of action
GND Keyword:Imperativ; Interaktion; Kommunikation; Kooperation
First Page:20
Last Page:26
Dieser Beitrag ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen nicht frei zugänglich.
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
Open Access?:Nein
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG