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Title: Compliments and Compliment Responses
Subtitle: Grammatical structure and sequential organization
Written By: Andrea Golato
Series Title: Studies in Discourse and Grammar 15

This book analyzes compliments and compliment responses in naturally
occurring talk-in-interaction in German. Using Conversation Analytic
methodology, it views complimenting and responding to compliments as social
actions which are co-produced and negotiated among interactants. This study
is the first to analyze the entire complimenting sequence within the larger
interactional context, thereby demonstrating the interconnectedness of
sequence organization, turn-design, and (varying) function(s) of a turn. In
this regard, the present study makes a novel contribution to the study of
talk-in-interaction beyond German.

The book adds to existing work on interaction and grammar by closely
analyzing the functions of linguistic resources used to design compliment
turns and compliment responses. Here, the study extends previous
Conversation Analytic work on person reference by including an analysis of
inanimate object reference. Lastly, the book discusses the use and function
of various particles and demonstrates how speaker alignments and
misalignments are accomplished through various grammatical forms.

Table of contents

1. Preliminaries 1–9
2. Methodology 11–25
3. Giving Compliments: The design of first compliment turns 27–84
4. Giving Compliments: Sequential embedding and function of first
compliment turns 85–132
5. Compliments in Multi-Party Interactions: third parties providing second
compliments 133–166
6. Compliment Responses 167–199
7. Concluding Discussion 201–212
Notes 213–226
References 227–240
Name Index 241–243
Subject Index 245–248

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027226253
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii,249
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115992
ISBN-13: 9781588115997
Pages: xii,249
Prices: U.S. $ 149