Confirmation or Elaboration: What Do Yes/No Declaratives Want?

Lucas Seuren, Mike Huiskes

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    Recent analyses have argued that when requests for confirmation are implemented with declarative word order, they are closure-implicative due to the relatively knowing stance indexed with the declarative. This article demonstrates, however, that in some cases participants show an orientation to both confirmation and elaboration as a relevant next action. By comparing requests for confirmation that are closure-implicative to those that are expansion-implicative, it is argued that in addition to epistemic stance, participants also orient to the lexical design features and sequential placement of these declarative yes/no-type initiating actions to determine the relevant type of response. Data are in Dutch with English translations.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)188-205
    Aantal pagina's18
    TijdschriftResearch on Language and Social Interaction
    Nummer van het tijdschrift2
    Vroegere onlinedatum8-jun-2017
    StatusPublished - 2017

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