Pauliina Siitonen, Maarit Siromaa, Accounting for leaving the break room: Work obligations as a resource in transitions from one activity to another at the workplace, Journal of Pragmatics, Volume 171, 2021, Pages 178-199, ISSN 0378-2166, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2020.09.032
Accounting for leaving the break room : work obligations as a resource in transitions from one activity to another at the workplace
|Author:||Siitonen, Pauliina1; Siromaa, Maarit1|
1University of Oulu, Research Unit for Languages and Literature, P.O. Box 1000, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020112693424
|Publish Date:|| 2021-11-25
We approach break taking at work as social activity and examine break closings as a type of transition from one activity to another. Using conversation analysis, we draw on video data from five work communities in Finnish institutions of higher education and focus on a linguistic practice that the participants frequently utilize in the break closings: accounts to end the break citing work obligations. Our data show that in addition to multimodally adjusting their leaving to the ongoing break activity, the participants may present the resumption of work as a necessary obligation and use this conventionalized practice to leave the company of others legitimately. Thus, they display their orientation to the significance of co-presence and social solidarity between colleagues and to the leave taking as a somewhat accountable action.
Journal of pragmatics
|Pages:||178 - 199|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
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This work was supported by the Academy of Finland [grant number 285393]; the Focus Institute Eudaimonia, University of Oulu; the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Central Fund and North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund; and the Finnish Work Environment Fund.
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
285393 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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