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Requesting Responsibility: The Morality of Grammar in Polish and English Family Interaction

Jorg Zinken


This is a book about requests for action in everyday contexts. It analyzes natural video-recorded data of everyday interaction in British English and Polish families. Requests for carrying out little jobs—passing some object or fetching items from the next room—are pervasively relevant in contexts such as preparing and consuming food and caring for and playing with children. Requests therefore provide a useful window into general qualities of human sociality as well as aspects of cultural diversity. The analyses in this book describe features of interactional context that people across culture ... More

Keywords: action formation, context, diversity, grammar, imperatives, multimodality, requests, responsibility

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190210724
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jorg Zinken, author
Research Fellow, Institut fur Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim

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