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Accountability in Social Interaction$
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Jeffrey D. Robinson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210557.001.0001

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The Accountability of Proposing (vs. Soliciting Proposals of) Arrangements

The Accountability of Proposing (vs. Soliciting Proposals of) Arrangements

(p.264) 9 The Accountability of Proposing (vs. Soliciting Proposals of) Arrangements
Accountability in Social Interaction

Jeffrey D. Robinson

Heidi Kevoe-Feldman

Oxford University Press

Using conversation analysis—in the context of ordinary, English, telephone conversation between adults—this chapter examines the social and interactional organization of a recruitment-related action (akin to a directive or request), specifically a proposal of an arrangement to engage in a future, concrete, joint action (e.g., How about I meet you there at seven?). The chapter demonstrates that this type of proposal, as a social action, is accountable in terms of, and likely both face threatening and dispreferred because of, the stance it displays regarding speakers’ expectations that proposals’ can be accepted (i.e., the notion of contingency) and/or will be accepted (i.e., the notion of entitlement). As evidence, the chapter shows that speakers work to mitigate this stance with practices of turn design, and also, more commonly, with a practice of sequence organization, that is, soliciting (vs. making) a proposal (e.g., What time do you want to meet there?).

Keywords:   conversation analysis, accountability, recruitment, proposal, preference, contingency, entitlement, epistemic, deontic, politeness

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