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Anna Vatanen (2018) Responding in Early Overlap: Recognitional Onsets in Assertion Sequences, Research on Language and Social Interaction, 51:2, 107-126, DOI: 10.1080/08351813.2018.1413894

Responding in early overlap : recognitional onsets in assertion sequences

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Author: Vatanen, Anna1,2
Organizations: 1Faculty of Humanities, English Philology, University of Oulu, Finland
2Finnish Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.9 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-09-22


What are speakers doing when they overlap with the previous speaker and start their response at a recognition point well before the transition-relevance place? This article adds to the body of literature on overlapping talk initiated by Gail Jefferson and shows that speakers use these turn-onset points to show that they have their own reasons to agree with what the first speaker is saying. That gets on record an equal, independent commitment to the assertion that the previous speaker is making. The overlapping speaker strives for a more balanced, symmetrical relationship with the current speaker with regard to time, speakership, and agency. The data are in Finnish and Estonian with English translation.

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Series: Research on language and social interaction
ISSN: 0835-1813
ISSN-E: 1532-7973
ISSN-L: 0835-1813
Volume: 51
Issue: 2
Pages: 107 - 126
DOI: 10.1080/08351813.2018.1413894
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Copyright information: © 2018 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research on Language and Social Interaction on 22 Mar 2018, available online: