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Suspended assessments in German talk-in-interaction

  • In this paper we examine the composition and interactional deployment of suspended assessments in ordinary German conversation. We define suspended assessments as lexicosyntactically incomplete assessing TCUs that share a distinct cluster of prosodic-phonetic features which auditorily makes them come off as 'left hanging' rather than cut-off (e.g., Schegloff/Jefferson/Sacks 1977; Jasperson 2002) or trailing-off (e.g., Local/Kelly 1986; Walker 2012). Using CA/IL methodology (Couper-Kuhlen/Selting 2018) and drawing on a large body of video-recorded face-to-face conversations, we highlight the verbal, vocal and bodily-visual resources participants use to render such unfinished assessing TCUs recognizably incomplete and identify six recurrent usage types. Overall, the suspension of assessing TCUs appears to either serve as a practice for circumventing the production of assessments that are interactionally inapposite, or as a practice for coping with local contingencies that render the very doing of an assessment problematic for the speaker. Data are in German with English translations.

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Author:Marit AldrupORCiD, Uwe-Alexander KüttnerORCiDGND, Constanze Lechler, Susanne Reinhardt
Parent Title (English):Prosody and Multimodality
Parent Title (German):Prosodie und Multimodalität. Empirische Beiträge der Interaktionalen Linguistik
Series (Serial Number):OraLingua (18)
Place of publication:Heidelberg
Editor:Maxi Kupetz, Friederike Kern
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2021
Date of Publication (online):2021/10/05
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Tag:Bewertung; Interaktionale Linguistik; Prosodie; Suspendierung; Unvollständige TCUs
assessment; incomplete TCUs; interactional linguistics; prosody; suspension
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Interaktion; Kommunikation; Konversationsanalyse; Prosodie
First Page:31
Last Page:66
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Program areas:P1: Interaktion
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt