Insubordination and the contextually sensitive emergence of if-requests in Swedish and Finnish institutional talk-in-interaction

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This chapter reports a study of Swedish and Finnish insubordinate om and jos ‘if’ clauses from a synchronic perspective as the clauses emerge in interactional sequences of action. Insubordinate conditional clauses have the potential to function as complete directives without any main clauses: the recipients are able to treat them as such, responding to the directive as soon as the insubordinate clause is produced. The authors show that the emergence of insubordinate conditionals is anchored in projectable, often routinized interactional trajectories, in which the verbal action is enhanced with multimodal communication. Routinization and contextual cues play a particularly prominent role in the kind of data that are analyzed here: service encounters and medical consultations. Insubordinate conditional requests emerge in interaction in response to verbal and non-verbal actions done (and not done) by the recipients of the requests, and are thus a product of the interaction of participants in conversation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInsubordination : Theoretical and empirical issues
EditorsKarin Beijering, Gunther Kaltenböck, Maria Sol Sansiñena
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
Publisherde Gruyter
Publication date1 Nov 2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-063412-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-11-063828-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameTrends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
ISSN (Print)1861-4302

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • Insubordination
  • Requests
  • If-requests
  • Directives
  • Social interaction
  • Interactional linguistics
  • Finnish
  • Swedish

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