OKAY as a response to informings in Finnish

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Abstract

This chapter examines the use of the particle OKAY in Finnish as a response to
turns that are designed to provide new information. The study focuses on the
ways in which the speakers of OKAY orient toward the epistemic character of
the informing, and on its sufficiency for the purposes of the ongoing interaction.
These aspects are analyzed by paying attention to the sequential and activity
context of the particle, its phonetic-prosodic design, and the possible subsequent
talk in the turn. OKAY is also compared with some other Finnish response particles
in similar sequential and activity contexts. The data come from telephone
and face-to-face interactions between family and friends spanning a period from
the late 1980s to the present.
Original languageFinnish
Title of host publicationOKAY across languages: Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction
EditorsEmma Betz, Arnulf Deppermann, Lorenza Mondada, Marja-Leena Sorjonen
Number of pages29
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Publication date2021
Pages205-233
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

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