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Rising OKAY in Third Position in Danish Talk-in-Interaction

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Earlier investigations claim that there are two OKAY types in Danish: okay1 with falling pitch, occurring mainly in third position indicating sufficient understanding, and okay2 with rising pitch, indicating so-far understanding and that a projected trajectory can continue. We have examined 235 cases of OKAY used in contexts where understanding is at issue, and it turns out that a substantial number of okay2 tokens occur in ‘okay1 environments’, that is, in third position after answers to questions. Our analyses of these cases reveal that okay2 in this environment is used to indicate (1) that the answer could or should be expanded or (2) t that there are still unresolved matters that the answer did not deal with in full.
TitelOKAY across languages : Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction
RedaktørerEmma Betz, Arnulf Deppermann, Marja-Leena Sorjonen, Lorenza Mondada
ForlagJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN (trykt)9789027208156
ISBN (Elektronisk)9789027260284
StatusUdgivet - 2021
SerietitelStudies in Language and Social Interaction


  • Danish, understanding, news receipt, sequence closing, continuer, question-answer sequences, tellings, pitch, intensity, stress

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