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The Interactional bind of 'just [do X]'

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JournalResearch on Language and Social Interaction
DateAccepted/In press - 8 Aug 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 9 Nov 2017
Number of pages17
Early online date9/11/17
Original languageEnglish


This paper examines the use of “just”-formulated advisings in ordinary, naturally-occurring sequences of unsolicited advice-giving when produced in response to troubles-tellings. Drawing on two examples from our broader collection, we demonstrate that such advisings are employed in response to advice-resistance and function to minimise proposed courses of future action, attenuating their imposing nature. We show they place an interactional bind upon advice-recipients which contributes towards further resistance. This paper explicates this bind and its categorial, epistemic and moral implications. Data are in American and British English.

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