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[Word choice, turn construction, and topic management in German conversation, section 6. Pragmatics & Conversation analysis]

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Abstract

Using conversation analysis, this study examines the relationship between word choice and turn construction. In Siebenb&#252;rger S&#228;chsisch, a Romanian settlement variety of German, certain adverbs possess functional variants that exhibit position-sensitivity with respect to their placement in turns in interaction. This study investigates the lexical items <i>ientz(t)</i>/'now' and <i>ientzter</i>/'now'. In interaction, speakers use these variants as resources to mark the status of a turn constructional unit or turn as complete or incomplete. Moreover, the use of <i>ientz(t)</i> and <i>ientzter</i> is sensitive to the placement within the larger sequence: Turn-final <i>ientzter</i> is tied to the management of topics in interaction, specifically to promoting a new action trajectory. This study outlines an intersection of turn construction, topic development, and word choice and expands the body of comparative work in conversation analysis.

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