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Modulating troubles affiliating in initial interactions: The role of remedial accounts

Flint, Natalie, Haugh, Michael and Merrison, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8020-3240 (2019) Modulating troubles affiliating in initial interactions: The role of remedial accounts. Pragmatics.

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Abstract

Much of the research on affiliation to date has focused on how people do (dis)affiliation. This paper explores the remedial work that follows instances of disaffiliation between interactants who are getting acquainted. Building on an interactional pragmatics analytical approach informed by methods and research in conversation analysis, findings indicate that extended remedial accounts recurrently follow moments of disaffiliation in initial interactions. These remedial accounts enable participants to reposition a prior disaffiliative stance as (ostensibly) affiliative. It appears in initial interactions, then, that remedial accounts play an important role in modulating troubles in affiliating. We propose that the considerable interactional work undertaken by these participants to modulate such troubles reflects a general preference for agreeability in initial interactions, at least amongst (Australian and British) speakers of English.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © John Benjamins. For permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form, contact the publisher.
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/prag.17010.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
School/Department: School of Languages & Linguistics
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3786

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