The article presents an analysis of actual, recorded social interactions between close familiars with the goal to describe discursive practices involved in showing engagement with the other party, or other-attentiveness. Focusing on the deployment of the discourse markers "so" and "oh" in utterances that launch new conversational topics, the article demonstrates that "so" overwhelmingly prefaces other-attentive topics, whereas "oh" prefaces self-attentive topics. We consider the interactional implications of this distribution and how the basic meanings of these linguistic objects are employed in the service of communicating interpersonal involvement.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Journal of Communication|
|State||Published - Dec 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language