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Revisiting delayed completions. The retrospective management of co-participant action

  • Since Lerner coined the notion of delayed completion in 1989, this recurrent social practice of continuing one’s speaking turn while disregarding an intermediate co-participant’s utterance has not been investigated with regard to embodied displays and actions. A sequential approach to videotaped mundane conversations in German will explain the occurrence and use of delayed completions. First, especially in multi-party and multi-activity settings, delayed completions can result from reduced monitoring and coordinating activities. Second, recipients can use intra-turn response slots for more extended responsive actions than the current speaker initially projected, leading to delayed completion sequences. Finally, delayed completions are used for blocking possibly misaligned co-participant actions. The investigation of visible action illustrates that delayed completions are a basic practice for retrospectively managing co-participant response slots.

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Author:Florence OloffORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Time in Embodied Interaction. Synchronicity and sequentiality of multimodal resources
Series (Serial Number):Pragmatics & beyond : new series (293)
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Editor:Arnulf Deppermann, Jürgen Streeck
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2018
Date of Publication (online):2022/03/11
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Tag:conversation analysis; delayed completion; multi-activity and multi-party settings; turn-taking; video data
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Gesprochene Sprache; Interaktion; Konversationsanalyse; Sprecherwechsel; Syntax; Videoaufzeichnung
First Page:123
Last Page:160
This is a postprint of an article that was published in the book "Time in Embodied Interaction. Synchronicity and sequentiality of multimodal resources". 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
Linguistics-Classification:Gesprächsforschung / Gesprochene Sprache
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt