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Turning the tables: objecting to conduct in conflict talk

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posted on 16.12.2020, 09:19 by Rebecca Clift, Marco Pino
This article is a Conversation Analytic study of occasions where a speaker formulates what a recipient is doing as something objectionable, thereby delivering an accusation, e.g., “Why you shouting” or “I dunno why you’re being so aggressive.” We call these lexical formulations of what someone has just done conduct formulations. These are: (a) responsive to an ongoing imputation of misconduct or misdemeanor, and (b) produced in response to an upgrade on prior attempts by the recipient to engage the producer of the conduct formulation in aligning with their project. The speaker thereby “turns the tables” on the recipient, challenging the legitimacy of, and thus rendering accountable, his line of action. The response by the recipient involves a downgrade of her prior action and so proposes resetting the terms of engagement on a more conciliatory basis. Data are in English and Italian.

Funding

Collection of the Italian data was funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European’s Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7=2007-2013) under REA grant agreement no 626893.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Research on Language and Social Interaction

Volume

53

Issue

4

Pages

463 - 480

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research on Language and Social Interaction on 18 Nov 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08351813.2020.1826765.

Acceptance date

16/09/2020

Publication date

2020-11-18

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0835-1813

eISSN

1532-7973

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Marco Pino. Deposit date: 16 September 2020

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