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Books: Action Ascription in Interaction: Deppermann, Haugh (eds.)

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Date: 16-Mar-2022
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Subject: Action Ascription in Interaction: Deppermann, Haugh (eds.)
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Title: Action Ascription in Interaction
Series Title: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics 35
Published: 2022
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Arnulf Deppermann
Editor: Michael Haugh
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108474627 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108474627 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108474627 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

Bringing together a team of global experts, this is the first volume to focus on the ways in which meanings are ascribed to actions in social interaction. It builds on the research traditions of Conversation Analysis and Pragmatics, and highlights the role of interactional, social, linguistic, multimodal, and epistemic factors in the formation and ascription of action-meanings. It shows how inference and intention ascription are displayed and drawn upon by participants in social interaction. Each chapter reveals practices, processes, and uses of action ascription, based on the analysis of audio and video recordings from nine different languages. Action ascription is conceptualised in this volume as not merely a cognitive process, but a social action in its own right that is used for managing interactional concerns and guiding the subsequent course of social interaction. It will be essential reading for academic researchers and advanced students interested in the relationship between language, behaviour and social interaction.

1. Action ascription in social interaction Arnulf Deppermann and Michael Haugh; Part I. Constituents of Action Ascription: 2. Temporal organization and procedure in ascribing action Robert B. Arundale; 3. The micro-politics of social actions Paul Drew; 4. Action ascription, accountability and inference Michael Haugh; 5. Attributing the decision to buy: action ascription, local ecology, and multimodality in shop encounters Lorenza Mondada; Part II. Practices of Action Ascription: 6. Intention ascriptions as a means to coordinate own actions with others' actions Arnulf Deppermann and Julia Kaiser; 7. Strategy ascriptions in public mediation talks Henrike Helmer; 8. Action ascription and deonticity in everyday advice-giving sequences Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Sandra A. Thompson; 9. 'How about eggs?' Action ascription in the family decision-making process while grocery shopping at a supermarket Takeshi Hiramoto and Makoto Hayashi; 10. Action ascription and action assessment: Ya-suffixed answer to questions in mandarin conversation Yaxin Wu and Guodong Yu; 11. Actions and identities in emergency calls: the case of thanking Tom Koole and Lotte van Burgsteden; Part III. Revisiting Action Ascription: 12. Action and accountability in the study of interaction N. J. Enfield and Jack Sidnell; 13. The multiple accountabilities of action John Heritage; Appendices.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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