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Etelämäki, M., Heinemann, T., & Vatanen, A. (2021). On affiliation and alignment: Non-cooperative uses of anticipatory completions in the context of tellings. Discourse Studies, 23(6), 726–758.

On affiliation and alignment : non-cooperative uses of anticipatory completions in the context of tellings

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Author: Etelämäki, Marja1; Heinemann, Trine; Vatanen, Anna2
Organizations: 1University of Oslo, Norway
2University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-01-12


In this paper, we address the larger notion of cooperation in interaction and its underlying dimensions as defined in Conversation Analysis: alignment and affiliation. Focusing on three cases from three different languages (Danish, Estonian and Finnish) we investigate a specific practice, that of anticipatory completions, in a particular context, that of storytelling, and show that the practice of completing another speaker’s turn in an anticipatory manner is not de facto definable as either an aligning or non-aligning action, nor can it be said to be either affiliating or non-affiliating. Through our analyses, we aim to distinguish and illustrate the manifold layers of and perspectives to alignment and affiliation and argue for their relevance for studies of interactional phenomena. We conclude that the notion of cooperation and its implementation through affiliating and/or aligning actions is a multi-layered and complex issue, the intricacies of which are best understood and captured through detailed sequential analyses.

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Series: Discourse studies
ISSN: 1461-4456
ISSN-E: 1461-7080
ISSN-L: 1461-4456
Volume: 23
Issue: 6
Pages: 726 - 758
DOI: 10.1177/14614456211017407
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Funding: The first author was funded by the Kone Foundation, the second author by a Marie Curie Fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF, Grant agreement number 628892).
Copyright information: © The Author(s) 2021. This is an accepted manuscript of an article. Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.