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Less than Confirming, and Doing More than That : Comparing Responses to Requests for Confirmation in German and Yurakaré

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Gipper, Sonja ; Groß, Alexandra:
Less than Confirming, and Doing More than That : Comparing Responses to Requests for Confirmation in German and Yurakaré.
In: Contrastive Pragmatics. (2023) . - pp. 1-45.
ISSN 2666-0393
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/26660393-bja10100

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Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract in another language

In this paper, we compare practices of formulating responses to requests for confirmation oriented toward confirmation but doing less or more than that in German and Yurakaré (isolate, Bolivia). The German particle joa is identified as a versatile resource for navigating the functional spectrum of such responses, being deployed for less than confirming in terms of epistemic or propositional downgrading, and for more than confirming in terms of addressing terms of questions or a confirmable’s valence. When exercising these specific tasks, speakers of Yurakaré, in contrast, rely mostly on repetitional strategies, while a highly specialised particle constitutes an ‘escape strategy’ when a repeat would convey unwanted implications. We propose that doing less and more than confirming is contingent on a more fundamental distinction: a preference for particles (German) vs. repeats (Yurakaré) in the realm of plain confirmation, which carries over to responses doing less and more than confirming.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: confirmation; terms and agendas of questions; repeats; response particles; response possibility space
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair Germanic Linguistics > Chair Germanic Linguistics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karin Birkner
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 430 German and related languages
400 Language > 490 Other languages
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2023 08:06
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2023 08:06
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/87200