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Accountability in Social Interaction$
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Jeffrey D. Robinson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210557.001.0001

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When Speakers Account for Their Questions

When Speakers Account for Their Questions

Ani-Prefaced Accounts in Korean Conversation

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(p.294) 10 When Speakers Account for Their Questions
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Accountability in Social Interaction
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Stephanie Hyeri Kim

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210557.003.0010

This chapter describes the practice of questioners accounting for their questions after receiving responses. These accounting turns specifically involve the ani (“no”) preface in Korean conversation. The study shows that questions can be “vulnerable” actions, the motives of which can be questioned, and that questioners can account for their motives retroactively. One way questioners account for their own questions is to preface their accounts with ani (“no”). This chapter shows that this third-positioned, ani-prefaced accounting shows speakers’ orientations to accountability and suggests an explanation for why the token may have developed such uses in natural conversation. This chapter contributes to our understanding of the types of actions (implemented through questions) that speakers orient to as being possibly accountable, and how speakers manage such accountability.

Keywords:   account, conversation analysis, turn initial particle, turn preface, discourse marker, ani, negative response particle, Korean conversation

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