1 Section for Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Communication and Culture - Linguistics, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University3 unknown4 School of Communication and Culture - Linguistics, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University
Two construction types for dispreferred responses
The article investigates ‘yes but’ initiated utterances in German and Danish conversations. The investigated utterances perform rejecting and disagreeing actions and they occur after suggestions, assessments and assertion with a clear action preference for acceptance and agreement. It is found that utterances that begin with an integrates ‘yes but’ token are constructed as "no fault" accounts and show little orientation to social problematicity, whereas utterances initiated with separated ‘yes but’ involve more socially problematic rejections and disagreements.
Syntax and Lexis in Conversation: Studies on the Use of Linguistic Resources in Talk-in-interaction, 2005, p. 349-373