LINGUIST List 32.1340

Thu Apr 15 2021

Books: OKAY across Languages: Betz, Deppermann, Mondada, Sorjonen (eds.)

Editor for this issue: Billy Dickson <billydlinguistlist.org>



Date: 12-Apr-2021
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: OKAY across Languages: Betz, Deppermann, Mondada, Sorjonen (eds.)
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Title: OKAY across Languages
Subtitle: Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction
Series Title: Studies in Language and Social Interaction 34
Published: 2021
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/slsi.34

Editor: Emma Betz
Editor: Arnulf Deppermann
Editor: Lorenza Mondada
Editor: Marja-Leena Sorjonen
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260284 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260284 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260284 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208156 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208156 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208156 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

OKAY has been termed ‘a spectacular expression’ and ‘America’s greatest invention.’ This volume offers an in-depth empirical study of the uses that have resulted from its global spread. Focusing on actions and interactional practices, it investigates OKAY in a variety of settings in 13 languages. The collected work showcases the importance of a holistic analysis: prosodic realization and the placement of OKAY in its larger sequential and multimodal context emerge as constitutive for distinct uses in individual languages. An inductive approach makes it possible to identify practices not previously documented, for example OKAY used for ‘qualified acceptance’ or as a ‘continuer’, and to document a core of recurrent, similar uses across languages. This work also outlines new research directions for comparative analysis by offering first insights into the diachronic development of OKAY’s uses and the relationship of OKAY to other particles in specific languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng)

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