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I was gonna say… On the doubly reflexive character of a meta-communicative practice

  • Meta-communicative practices are generally reflexive in a fairly obvious sense: Inasmuch as speakers use them to talk about or comment on earlier/subsequent talk, they use language self-reflexively. In this paper, we explore a practice that is reflexive not only in this meta-communicative sense but also in a sequential-interactional one: Prefacing a conversational turn with I was gonna say. We show that the I was gonna say-preface furnishes the following general semantic-pragmatic affordances: (1) It retroactively relates the speaker’s subsequent talk to preceding talk from a co-participant, (2) it embodies a claim to prior, now-preempted, communicative intent with regard to what their co-participant has (just) said/done, (3) it therefore displays its speaker’s orientation to the relevance or the appropriate placement of the action(s) done in their own subsequent talk at an earlier moment in the interaction, and (4) it reflexively re-invokes, or retrieves, this earlier moment as the relevant sequential context for their action(s). We then go on to illustrate how speakers draw on these sequentially reflexive affordances for managing recurrent interactional contingencies in specific sequential environments. The paper ends with a discussion of the role that reflexivity plays in and for the deployment of this practice.

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Author:Uwe-Alexander KüttnerORCiDGND, Chase Wesley RaymondORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Sprachreflexive Praktiken. Empirische Perspektiven auf Metakommunikation
Series (Serial Number):LiLi: Studien zu Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik (4)
Place of publication:Berlin/Heidelberg
Editor:Florian Busch, Pepe Droste, Elisa Wessels
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2022
Date of Publication (online):2022/10/31
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) [Zweitveröffentlichung]
Tag:action; conversation analysis; interactional linguistics; preface; reflexivity; sequence
GND Keyword:Handlung; Interaktion; Kommunikation; Konversationsanalyse; Pragmatik; Sprecherwechsel
First Page:51
Last Page:73
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