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Title: A Preference for Progressivity in Interaction
Author: Tanya Stivers
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Homepage: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/soc/faculty/stivers/TS_website/Home_Page.html
Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Author: Jeffrey D. Robinson
Institution: Rutgers University
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics
Subject Language: None
Abstract: This article investigates two types of preference organization in interaction: in response to a question that selects a next speaker in multi-party interaction, the preference for answers over non-answer responses as a category of a response; and the preference for selected next speakers to respond. It is asserted that the turn allocation rule specified by Sacks, Schegloff & Jefferson (1974) which states that a response is relevant by the selected next speaker at the transition relevance place is affected by these two preferences once beyond a normal transition space. It is argued that a “second-order” organization is present such that interactants prioritize a preference for answers over a preference for a response by the selected next speaker. This analysis reveals an observable preference for progressivity in interaction.

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This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 35, Issue 3.

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