Requesting – from speech act to recruitment

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In this introduction we outline some of the background to and evolution of the work on social action and requesting, then introduce some of the<i> </i>key analytic themes in investigating requesting in talk-in-interaction. This sets the scene for what is becoming a particularly significant perspective on requesting, which is that in face-to-face interaction requesting should be understood as one of the ways in which one person recruits another&#8217;s assistance in some matter. Seen in a fuller spatial and corporeal context, it is evident that recruitment of the other(s) assistance requires us to broaden our analysis, to understand how a fuller range of linguistic and semiotic resources are deployed and engaged &#8211; together with gesture, bodily movement, gaze and so forth, in a physical setting &#8211; to do what we have traditionally and colloquially termed requesting.


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