Pre-indexing and conversational organization

Wayne A. Beach, David G Dunning

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Abstract

Pre-indexing utterances function to set-up, organize, and supply a context for turn-taking sequences in everyday conversation. Four perspectives on pre-indexing phenomena are reviewed (pre-sequences, indirect speech acts, disclaimers, politeness forms) and extend with conversational examples indicative of five speech acts possessing "pre" status: Hints, prompts, teases, conditional disclosures, and small talk. Particular attention is given to the forms and functions pre-indexes might take, responses to pre-indexes, and relationships among speaker intention and hearer inferences as utterances are indexed. As preparatory strategies, pre-indexing methods are shown to be integral to the commonsensical management of identities, understanding, and a sense of social structure in face-to-face interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-185
Number of pages16
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982

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Pre-indexing and conversational organization. / Beach, Wayne A.; Dunning, David G.

In: Quarterly Journal of Speech, Vol. 68, No. 2, 1982, p. 170-185.

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Beach, Wayne A. ; Dunning, David G. / Pre-indexing and conversational organization. In: Quarterly Journal of Speech. 1982 ; Vol. 68, No. 2. pp. 170-185.
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