Sequence recompletion: A practice for managing lapses in conversation

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© 2017 Elsevier B.V.Conversational interaction occasionally lapses as topics become exhausted or as participants are left with no obvious thing to talk about next. In this article I look at episodes of ordinary conversation to examine how participants resolve issues of speakership and sequentiality in lapse environments. In particular, I examine one recurrent phenomenon—sequence recompletion—whereby participants bring to completion a sequence of talk that was already treated as complete. Using conversation analysis, I describe four methods for sequence recompletion: turn-exiting, action redoings, delayed replies, and post-sequence transitions. With this practice, participants use verbal and vocal resources to locally manage their participation framework when ending one course of action and potentially starting up a new one.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-63
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


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