The Right connections: Acknowledging epistemic progression in talk

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Title The Right connections: Acknowledging epistemic progression in talk
Author Gardner, Rod
Journal Name Language in Society
Editor Barbara Johnstone
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Abstract It is proposed that the response token Right, in one important use, is a marker of epistemic dependency between two units of talk by a prior speaker, and that this talk has progressed the understanding by the Right producer of a complex activity involving much information transfer. Two other Rights as response tokens are considered: as an epistemic confirmation token similar to That's right, and as a change-of-activity token similar to Alright/Okay. In addition, Right is shown to be different from other response tokens, including the news receipt Oh, newsmarkers such as Really?, and continuers and acknowledgment tokens such as Mm hm and Yeah. The primary data consist of a fully transcribed dietetic consultation in an Australian hospital between a dietician and a client.
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Volume 36
Issue Number 3
Page from 319
Page to 341
ISSN 0047-4045
Date Accessioned 2007-07-12
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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