Evidential Vindication in Next Turn: Using the Retrospective “See?” in Conversation

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Title of host publicationPerception Metaphor
DateAccepted/In press - 22 Mar 2018
DatePublished (current) - 11 Mar 2019
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
EditorsLaura Speed, Carolyn O'Meara, Lila San Roque, Asifa Majid
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9789027263049
ISBN (Print)9789027202000

Abstract

Perception verbs are frequent in conversation across diverse languages and cultures. This chapter presents a case study of a recurrent but previously undocumented use of the perception verb see in everyday English conversation. Using conversation analysis, the chapter explicates the use of “See?” – the verb see produced with rising intonation as a possibly complete turn-constructional unit – as claim of evidential vindication. With “See?” a speaker claims a just prior turn, action, or event as support for a previous assertive action. The analysis demonstrates that the practice exploits two distinct forms of sequence organization, adjacency pairs and retro-sequences, and reflects on the fit between the perception verb see and the action it implements within this practice.

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