Getting Acquainted in Conversation
A study of initial interactions
What makes a ‘getting acquainted’ a recognizable conversational activity, and how are interpersonal relationships established in a first conversation? This book presents a theoretical framework for the study of relationship management in conversation and an empirical study of a corpus of initial interactions. It provides detailed descriptions of the sequential resources unacquainted interlocutors use in order to:<br />– generate self-presentation<br />– introduce topics<br />– establish common contextual resources<br />It is argued that these sequential patterns embody conventionalized procedures for establishing an interpersonal relationship involving some degree of:<br />– solidarity (mutual rights and obligations)<br />– familiarity (mutual knowledge of personal background)<br />– mutual affect (emotional commitment)<br />The sequential analysis is based on a conversation analytic approach, while the interpretive framework consists of pragmatic theories of politeness, conversational style and common ground.