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By Elisabeth Reber

How do members reveal affectivity in social interplay? in keeping with recordings of real daily conversations and radio phone-ins, this research deals a fine-grained research of ways recipients of affect-laden informings set up sound items, i.e. interjections (oh, ooh and ah) and paralinguistic signs (whistle and clicks), for responsive screens of affectivity. interpreting using such sound gadgets throughout a couple of interactional actions together with information telling, problems speak, complaining, exams and service, the research offers facts that the sound trend and sequential placement of sound items systematically give a contribution to their particular meaning-making in interplay, i.e. the administration of series organization and interactional relevancies (e.g. affiliation). featuring an in-depth research of a bit researched region of language use from an interactional linguistic viewpoint, the e-book could be of theoretical and methodological curiosity to an viewers with a heritage in linguistics, sociology and conversational experiences.

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Ehlich (1986), Reisigl (1999) for comprehensive historical outlines of the term ‘interjection’. e. transparency), lack of meaning (motivationality) and lack of any concrete referential potential (motivation) (Nübling 2001: 24–25). 14 As per a minimal definition, interjections can be characterised by five constitutive features (Nübling 2004: 13): (1) expression of a spontanenous emotion, (2) absence of referential meaning, (3) lack of inflection, (4) syntactic autonomy and (5) possible onomatopoeic structures.

G. g. gee < Jesus. g. oh, ah. They differ from secondary interjections with respect to the following four properties­: lexical­ opacity, lack of formal 12. Due to the synchronic angle of the present study, the literature review does not include diachronic studies. For historical surveys cf. g. Brinton (1996), Gehweiler (2008). 13. Cf. Ehlich (1986), Reisigl (1999) for comprehensive historical outlines of the term ‘interjection’. e. transparency), lack of meaning (motivationality) and lack of any concrete referential potential (motivation) (Nübling 2001: 24–25).

Since prosody has been found to be relevant for the interactional and sequential functions of the instantiations of oh, ooh and ah, we now outline major findings in the field of Prosody-in-Conversation and then concentrate on prosody and affectivity in the next section. 39 chapter 3 Approaching affectivity in talk-in-interaction I Previous research on prosody Prosody has always been ascribed major significance for the contextualisation of cognitive-affective dimensions in interactional settings.

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