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Title: Request Sequences
Subtitle: The intersection of grammar, interaction and social context
Written By: Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiDaG%2019
Series Title: Studies in Discourse and Grammar 19
Description:

This monograph provides a micro-analytic description of instances of
requests in everyday German conversation. Using the framework of CA, the
study systematically analyzes the grammatical and syntactical structure of
the request-turn and its response and of the conversational exchanges
before and within the request base sequence, and the placement of the
request sequence within the larger social interaction.

Through an empirical analysis of individual cases of request sequences in
German, the monograph describes in detail: (a) how speakers employ grammar
and syntax as resources to construct turns at talk and accomplish the
social action of request; (b) how speakers use grammatical and syntactical
forms of the language to coordinate the production of the social action of
requests; (c) how speakers use grammar and syntax as interactional
resources to manage affiliative and remedial work (i.e., face work) when
performing delicate social actions such as requests; and (d) how the
context of the request activity impacts the grammatical and syntactical
constructions of speakers' utterances. Additionally, the monograph
demonstrates that both the grammatical construction of turns and their
placement within the talk are oriented to the sequential context of the
interaction.


Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix

1. Preliminaries 1–10

2. Overview of the methodology and corpus 11–17

3. Pre-request and request sequences: Their design, interactional
relationship and sequential placement 18–45

4. Accounts in request turns: Their placement and interactional function
46–82

5. Initiating request sequences: The design of request sequence turn
beginnings 83–101

6. Conclusion 102–110

References 111–118

Appendix 119

Names index 121–122

Subject index 123–125

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): German
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027226296
ISBN-13: 9789027226297
Pages: 125
Prices: U.S. $ 122
Europe EURO 90.00