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Dialogic resonance, when speakers reproduce constructions from prior turns, is a compelling type of coordination in everyday conversation. This study takes its starting point in resonance in stance-taking sequences with the aim to account for the interplay between intersubjective motivations and cognitive facilitation in resonance production. It analyzes stance-taking sequences in the London–Lund Corpus 2, determining (i) the type of stance alignment (agreement or disagreement), and (ii) the time lapse between the stance-taking turns. The main findings are, firstly, that resonance is more likely than non-resonance to be used by speakers who express disagreement than agreement, which we interpret as a mitigating function of resonance, and, secondly, that the turn transitions are faster in resonating sequences due to cognitive activation in the prior turn. We propose that the face-saving intersubjective motivation of resonance combines with its facilitating cognitive effect to promote appeasing communication.
|Journal||Language and Cognition|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
Subject classification (UKÄ)
- Specific Languages
- Intersubjective alignment
- Cognitive activation
- Turn transitions
- London–Lund Corpus 2
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The London-Lund Corpus 2 of spoken British English (LLC 2)
Paradis, C., Pöldvere, N., Johansson, V. & O'Hare, P.
2015/01/01 → 2019/05/31
Kungliga Vitterhetsakademiens pris för förtjänt vetenskapligt arbete
Pöldvere, Nele (Recipient), 2021
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)