Turn continuation in cross-linguistic perspective
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  • E-ISSN: 2406-4238


This paper examines the use of -clauses in Finnish everyday conversation for extending a speaker’s turn after a possible point of turn completion for the purpose of pursuing uptake from a turn recipient. Although -clauses are considered complements in most grammatical descriptions of Finnish, the paper questions their status as subordinate clauses. We show that they nevertheless could be considered to function as increments, as either Extensions (Glue-ons, in terms of Couper-Kuhlen & Ono, this volume) or Free Constituents. This is interesting in view of Ford, Fox & Thompson’s (2002) definition of increments as “nonmain-clause continuations after a possible point of turn completion.” We also show that what makes -clauses ideal for the pursuit of uptake is that both as a conjunction and particle, functions to open up the participation framework and import new voices to the conversation.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Complementation; Että-clause; Finnish; Increments; Subordination; Turn expansion
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