Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN 1878-9714
  • E-ISSN: 1878-9722
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This article addresses the epistemic domain of adult make-believe activities in innovation workshops. In particular, we demonstrate how adults initiate imaginary transformations of objects while displaying an orientation to a general order of make-believe in which everyone has equal epistemic rights, and how this can be displayed both verbally and nonverbally. This distribution of equal rights is only overridden by external or locally derived roles, and once invoked they override the general preference for epistemic symmetry, after which interlocutors orient to establishing epistemic congruence, despite the obvious presence of epistemic asymmetry.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Conversation Analysis; epistemics; innovation workshops; interaction; transformations
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