A temporally oriented perspective on connectors in interactions

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This paper examines und zwar-(‘namely/in fact’)-constructions in terms of their real-time processing in interaction. In using und zwar, speakers orient backwards by linking their current utter­ance to prior ones. At the same time, und zwar functions as a projecting strategy for anticipating upcoming activities. Thus, in everyday interactions, speakers use und zwar as a resource in tying following segments back to past (self or other performed) activities, and at the same time, indicating the kind of relationship (i.e. specification, explanation or illustration) between prior and following activity.Due to their joining potential in referring back to prior talk as well as projecting a following specification, und zwar-con­structions are a recognizable pattern used specifically for the management of temporality in discourse.


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