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Leinonen, I. (2022). Multimodal Try-marking for Securing Recipient Understanding of Codeswitched Lexical Items in Everyday ELF Conversations. Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality, 5(2).

Multimodal Try-marking for Securing Recipient Understanding of Codeswitched Lexical Items in Everyday ELF Conversations

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Author: Leinonen, Ivana1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
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Language: English
Published: Royal Danish Library, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-17


In this paper I analyse sequences where multilingual English as lingua franca (ELF) speakers codeswitch single lexical items from their native language in an attempt to resolve a word search or when displaying hesitancy. The main focus of the paper is on try-marking used by the speakers as a technique for securing recipient understanding of the codeswitched items. The analysis shows that try-marking does not only comprise rising intonation but also specific embodied resources that highlight and prolong the relevance of recipient response beyond prosodic marking. The analysis also presents a single case in which the speaker invites recipient confirmation of understanding without using rising intonation but by relying mainly on the end positioning of the target word near the transition relevance place in combination with response-mobilising embodied cues. The results add to our knowledge of how participants pre-empt trouble and achieve mutual understanding in linguistically diverse ELF settings.

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Series: Social interaction. Video-based studies of human sociality
ISSN: 2446-3620
ISSN-E: 2446-3620
ISSN-L: 2446-3620
Volume: 5
Issue: 2
DOI: 10.7146/si.v5i2.124481
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Funding: This study was conducted as a part of the Academy of Finland project Linguistic and Bodily Involvement in Multicultural Interactions. I would like to thank my Ph.D. supervisors, Maria Frick, Florence Oloff, and Ad Backus, for their insightful comments to previous versions of this article. I also thank the Emil Aaltonen Foundation and the University of Oulu Scholarship Fund for providing funding for this research.
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