Participation, procedure and accountability: 'you said' speech markers in negotiating reports of ambiguous phenomena

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JournalDiscourse Studies
DatePublished - Jun 2008
Issue number3
Volume10
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)407-427
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this article we study how reported speech markers are used as procedural resources in a laboratory based parapsychology experiment to investigate forms of anomalous communication, such as extrasensory perception. In particular, we focus on how specific activities in a key part of the experiment are mediated by the use of 'you said' formulations which project that whatever is said next is a paraphrase or a verbatim report of what the recipient had said earlier. We identify two uses of reported speech markers. First, they are used in utterances that initiate some form of repair, such as correction or clarification. Second, they cluster in sequential locations that mark, after a temporary suspension, the resumption of key activities in the experiment. In this we hope to contribute to the study of the institutional properties of reported speech. We conclude by discussing the ways in which broader cultural understandings of the inferential force of 'you said' formulations inform their use in this institutional setting, and reflecting on the significance of these findings for parapsychological investigation of anomalous communication in this setting.

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  • conversation analysis, experimenter-subject interaction, parapsychology, reported speech, GANZFELD RESEARCH CONTINUE, DEMAND CHARACTERISTICS, REPLICABLE EVIDENCE, PSI, CONVERSATION, PARAPSYCHOLOGY, ORGANIZATION, COMMUNICATION, PERFORMANCE, SEARCH

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