Assessing Answers: Action Ascription in Third Position

Lucas M. Seuren*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

    OnderzoeksoutputAcademicpeer review

    5 Citaten (Scopus)
    178 Downloads (Pure)


    Although the adjacency pair is a basic unit of interactional structure, many sequences consist of three parts. This article is concerned with assessments used in third position to receive answers to inquiries. It argues that participants distinguish between two types of assessments: evaluative assessments and deontic assessments. By adopting a particular stance in third position, speakers not only display their understanding of what the answer was doing but can also actively ascribe an action to it. They thereby build and maintain the architecture of intersubjectivity. Data are in Dutch with English translations.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)33-51
    Aantal pagina's19
    TijdschriftResearch on Language and Social Interaction
    Nummer van het tijdschrift1
    StatusPublished - 2018

    Citeer dit