Polar answers and epistemic stance in Greek conversation

Alvanoudi, Angeliki (2022) Polar answers and epistemic stance in Greek conversation. Pragmatics: quarterly publication of the International Pragmatics Association, 32 (1). pp. 1-27.

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Abstract

This conversation analytic study examines the linguistic resources for indexing epistemic stance in second position in question sequences in Greek conversation. It targets three formats for providing affirming/confirming answers to polar questions: unmarked and marked positive response tokens, and repetitions. It is shown that the three formats display different functional distributions. Unmarked response tokens do 'simple' answering, marked response tokens provide overt confirmations, and repetitional answers assert the respondent's epistemic authority besides confirming the question's proposition. Unmarked and marked response tokens accept the questioner's epistemic stance, whereas repetitional answers may accept or resist the epistemic terms of the question, depending on the action being implemented by the question. This study sheds light on the organization of questioning and answering in Greek conversation and the role of epistemics in the design of polar answers.

Item ID: 72221
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2406-4238
Keywords: polar questions,answers,response tokens,repetition,epistemic stance,conversation analysis
Copyright Information: © International Pragmatics Association
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 11:23
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470405 Discourse and pragmatics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130202 Languages and linguistics @ 100%
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