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Kamunen, A., Haddington, P. (2023). Building on Linguistically Exclusive Talk: Access, Participation, and Progressivity in a Multinational Military Staff. In: Haddington, P., Eilittä, T., Kamunen, A., Kohonen-Aho, L., Rautiainen, I., Vatanen, A. (eds) Complexity of Interaction. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Building on linguistically exclusive talk : access, participation, and progressivity in a multinational military staff

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Author: Kamunen, Antti1; Haddington, Pentti1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023
Publish Date: 2025-09-08


This chapter analyses how officers training to work in a multinational military staff orient to challenges caused by a lack of access to what their colleagues are saying, due to their conversing in a language they do not speak nor understand. The study uses conversation analysis to investigate situations where non-Finnish-speaking officers ascribe meaning to Finnish-language talk. The analyses examine the aspects of the prior talk the non-Finnish-speakers were able to interpret, the available semiotic resources these interpretations could be based on, and the next actions these turns achieve or make possible. The data consist of audio–video recordings made in the tactical operations centre (TOC) of a multinational brigade during an international computer-aided crisis management exercise.

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ISBN: 978-3-031-30727-0
ISBN Print: 978-3-031-30726-3 978-3-031-30729-4
Pages: 175 - 215
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-30727-0_6
Host publication: Complexity of interaction : studies in multimodal conversation analysis
Host publication editor: Haddington, Pentti
Tiina Eilittä
Eilittä, Tiina
Kamunen, Antti
Kohonen-Aho, Laura
Rautiainen, Iira
Vatanen, Anna
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 612 Languages and literature
Funding: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland (decision number 322199).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 322199
Detailed Information: 322199 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.