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OKAY across Languages: Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction

  • OKAY has been termed ‘a spectacular expression’ and ‘America’s greatest invention.’ This volume offers an in-depth empirical study of the uses that have resulted from its global spread. Focusing on actions and interactional practices, it investigates OKAY in a variety of settings in 13 languages. The collected work showcases the importance of a holistic analysis: prosodic realization and the placement of OKAY in its larger sequential and multimodal context emerge as constitutive for distinct uses in individual languages. An inductive approach makes it possible to identify practices not previously documented, for example OKAY used for ‘qualified acceptance’ or as a ‘continuer’, and to document a core of recurrent, similar uses across languages. This work also outlines new research directions for comparative analysis by offering first insights into the diachronic development of OKAY’s uses and the relationship of OKAY to other particles in specific languages.

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Series (Serial Number):Studies in language and social interaction (34)
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Editor:Emma Betz, Arnulf Deppermann, Lorenza Mondada, Marja-Leena Sorjonen
Document Type:Book
Year of first Publication:2021
Date of Publication (online):2021/03/24
GND Keyword:Interaktion; Kontrastive Linguistik; O.K.; Pragmatik; Semantik
Page Number:vii, 440
Dies ist ein bibliografischer Eintrag. Das Buch ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen nicht frei zugänglich.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:nein
Program areas:P1: Interaktion
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt