Evolving questions, questioning and affiliation in ongoing ethnographic interviews

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This chapter employs Conversation Analysis (CA) to investigate the evolution of question-response sequences and how question types mark epistemic stance and create affiliation and shared stances between interactants. Focusing on the actions and turns of the speaker who asks questions, which assert or request information, the study examines relations between grammatical form and social action. The findings identify noticeable differences over time. In 1989 participants display orientation to institutionality, while in 2000, they have history and the questions reflect expanded knowledge and relationships between participants. Analyses of question-response sequences elucidate how increasing familiarity plays a role in institutional interview talk.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscourse, Gender and Shifting Identities in Japan
Subtitle of host publicationThe Longitudinal Study of Kobe Women's Ethnographic Interviews 1989-2019, Phase One
EditorsClaire Maree, Kaori Okano
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781315102122
ISBN (Print)9781138104631
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Sociolinguistics

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