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Title: Rethinking Sequentiality
Subtitle: Linguistics meets conversational interaction
Edited By: Anita Fetzer
Christiane Meierkord
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P_bns_103
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 103

This book addresses current approaches to sequentiality in pragmatics and discourse analysis. It reflects the current moves in ethnomethodological conversation analysis and speech act theory to cross methodological borders to arrive at a conception of a sequence, which extends the local notion of sequentiality by integrating further constitutive components, such as cognition, intentionality, activity type, culture and genre.The individual contributions were presented at the 7th IPrA Conference held in Budapest in the year 2000. They range from critical analyses of speech act theory and cognitive pragmatics to detailed micro analyses of genre- and activity-specific constraints on the production and interpretation of meaning. The first part “sequences in theory and practice: minimal and unbounded” discusses the theoretical premises and exemplifies these by detailed data analyses. The second part “sequences in discourse: the micro-macro interface” examines genre-specific constraints on individual sequences and shows the benefits of supplementing the microanalytic concept of sequentiality with macroanalytic categories.

Table of Contents

Christiane Meierkord and Anita Fetzer 1
Sequences in theory and practice: Minimal and unbounded? 37
Communicative intentions in context
Anita Fetzer 37
Cognition and narrativity in speech act sequences
Marina Sbisà 71
Recurrent sequences and mental processes
Christiane Meierkord 99
Boundaries and sequences in studying conversation
Robert B. Arundale and David Good 121
Discourse markers as turns: Evidence for the role of intersubjectivity in interactional sequences
Sarah W. Smith and Andreas H. Jucker
Sequences in discourse: The micro-macro interface 181
Talk on TV: Sequentiality meets intertextuality and interdiscursitivity
Roy Langer 181
Culture, genres and the problem of sequentiality: An attempt to describe local organization and global structures in talk-in-situation
Frederike Kern 207
Argumentative sequencing and its interactional variation
Thomas Spranz-Fogasy 231
Sequential positioning of represented discourse in institutional media interaction
Marjut Johansson 249
Interactional coherence in discussions and everyday storytelling: On considering the role of jedenfalls and auf jeden fall
Kristin Bührig 273

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253439
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 300 pp.
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112330
ISBN-13: 9781588112330
Pages: vi, 300 pp.
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