Review Between turn and sequence: Turn-initial particles across languages (a review)


The last two decades have witnessed a remarkable growth of interest in what are variously termed discourse markers or discourse particles. The greatest area of growth has centred on particles that occur in sentence-initial or turn-initial position, and this interest intersects with a long- standing focus in Conversation Analysis on turn- taking and turn-construction. This volume brings together conversation analytic studies of turn- initial particles in interactions in fourteen languages geographically widely distributed (Europe, America, Asia and Australia). The contributions show the significance of turn-initial particles in three key areas of turn and sequence organisation: (1) the management of departures from expected next actions, (2) the projection of the speaker’s epistemic stance, and (3) the management of overall activities implemented across sequences.

ELENA N. MALYUGA. DSc in Linguistics. Head of Foreign Languages Dpt, Faculty of Economics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University). Chairperson of the Business and Vocational Foreign Languages Teachers National Association. Editor-in-chief of Issues of Applied Linguistics, and joint managing editor of TLC. Research interests cover theory and practice of intercultural professional and business communication and sociolinguistics. Author of over 300 publications. Her coursebook, English for Economists, was recommended for universities by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, and Professional Communication Language (Advertising) was recommended by the Academic Methodological Association of the Russian Federation. Founder of the Business and Vocational Foreign Languages Teachers National Association, which hosts regular conferences, seminars and refresher courses on the methodology of teaching foreign languages.

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