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Relinquishing in musical masterclasses: Embodied action in interactional projects

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JournalJournal of Pragmatics
DateAccepted/In press - 17 Sep 2015
DateE-pub ahead of print - 24 Oct 2015
DatePublished (current) - 1 Nov 2015
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)31-49
Early online date24/10/15
Original languageEnglish


This paper provides analysis of a particular phenomenon found in the transitions from instruction to performance in music masterclasses in what might be called 'action frame transitions'. By undertaking a conversation analytic multi-modal analysis, it provides a progressive appreciation of what we will call the 'relinquishing move' produced by the master. Importantly this 'move' is related sequentially to various actions by participants to the scene that while sequentially ordered nevertheless show up a flexible organisation. The relinquishing move is seen to address a key issue in music masterclasses, the precise timing of action frame transitions, in that it is a resource for projecting upcoming performances.

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  • Action frame transition, Embodied choreography, Music masterclasses, Performance preparation, Relinquishing move

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