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Sequence recompletion: A practice for managing lapses in conversation


Hoey,  Elliott
Language and Cognition Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Hoey, E. (2017). Sequence recompletion: A practice for managing lapses in conversation. Journal of Pragmatics, 109, 47-63. doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2016.12.008.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002C-3D08-9
Conversational interaction occasionally lapses as topics become exhausted or as participants are left with no obvious thing to talk about next. In this article I look at episodes of ordinary conversation to examine how participants resolve issues of speakership and sequentiality in lapse environments. In particular, I examine one recurrent phenomenon—sequence recompletion—whereby participants bring to completion a sequence of talk that was already treated as complete. Using conversation analysis, I describe four methods for sequence recompletion: turn-exiting, action redoings, delayed replies, and post-sequence transitions. With this practice, participants use verbal and vocal resources to locally manage their participation framework when ending one course of action and potentially starting up a new one