Resonance in dialogue: The interplay between intersubjective motivations and cognitive facilitation

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643–669
JournalLanguage and Cognition
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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  • Stance-taking
  • Disagreement
  • Intersubjective alignment
  • Cognitive activation
  • Turn transitions
  • London–Lund Corpus 2

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