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.