Replying with the freestanding ‘we’
in Greek conversations
The present chapter focuses on the freestanding first person plural subject pronoun <i>εμείς</i> (‘we’) in Modern Greek. Previous work on <i>εμείς</i> (Pavlidou 2008, 2012) has shown that its non-referential functions depend on the sequential context in which the turn containing this freestanding pronoun appears. Adopting a Conversation Analysis perspective, the chapter investigates one particular sequential context in which <i>εμείς</i> appears, namely replies to questions. It is shown that – with hardly any exceptions – such replies are type non-conforming and/or dispreferred. Therefore, it is argued, <i>εμείς</i> indexes some kind of trouble. However, as this conclusion cannot be extended to all occurrences of <i>εμείς</i> in other second pair parts, it is suggested that underlying the function of indexing trouble there is an argumentative stance on the speaker’s part toward the on-going interaction.