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By Elisabeth Reber

How do contributors exhibit affectivity in social interplay? in keeping with recordings of actual daily conversations and radio phone-ins, this learn bargains a fine-grained research of the way recipients of affect-laden informings installation sound items, i.e. interjections (oh, ooh and ah) and paralinguistic indications (whistle and clicks), for responsive monitors of affectivity. interpreting using such sound items throughout a few interactional actions together with information telling, problems speak, complaining, exams and service, the examine presents proof that the sound trend and sequential placement of sound items systematically give a contribution to their particular meaning-making in interplay, i.e. the administration of series service provider and interactional relevancies (e.g. affiliation). proposing an in-depth research of a bit researched region of language use from an interactional linguistic standpoint, the publication can be of theoretical and methodological curiosity to an viewers with a history in linguistics, sociology and conversational experiences.

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To reflect this, we will use scare quotes for affective labels in our analysis (cf. Couper-Kuhlen (2009: 96, footnote 7) for a discussion of the use of scare quotes with respect to affect labels).

Although it is a widely shared assumption that interjections have non-referential meaning, the work done within the framework of natural semantic metalanguage (NSM)17 also tacitly suggests that interjections have as much semantic same functional class. This class includes lexical items which have been grammaticalised as discourse markers. Some of the most influential works and volumes on discourse markers/particles which consider interjections have been Schourup (1982), Schiffrin (1987), Aijmer (2002), Fischer (2006), Montes (1999).

Contextualisation is defined as speakers’ and listeners’ use of verbal and nonverbal signs to relate to what is said at any one time and in any one place to knowledge acquired through past experience, in order to retrieve the presupposition they must rely on to maintain conversational involvement and assess what is intended.  (ibid: 230) In this sense, contextualisation refers to the interpretive processes that participants permanently have to manage and accomplish when engaging in interaction.

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