Yıl 2021, Cilt 7 , Sayı 1, Sayfalar 484 - 502 2021-04-08

Stancetaking in spoken ELF discourse in academic settings: interpersonal functions of I don’t know as a face-maintaining strategy

Hatime ÇİFTÇİ [1] , Erdem AKBAŞ [2]


Our study examines interpersonal functions enacted through a stance marker in spoken ELF academic discourse. We specifically focus on investigating the functions of I don’t know in an academic speech event by embracing an interpersonal pragmatics and sociolinguistics perspective to figure out how it contributes to the act of stancetaking as an intersubjective activity. We have examined 14 interactions of doctoral defense discussions from the ELFA corpus. Our detailed discourse analysis of these doctoral defense discussions has revealed five distinctive interpersonal functions of the stance marker I don’t know allowing speakers to construct their stance and adopt a face-maintaining strategy in the ongoing spoken discourse: prefacing a suggestion, seeking acceptance, hedging/mitigating, checking agreement, and expressing uncertainty. Considering the highly-context dependent and context-regenerated functions of I don’t know, our study attempts to delve into the relational and interpersonal aspect of communication, and thus contributes to research in this strand by disclosing the interpersonal functions of stancetaking as an intersubjective activity with a particular focus on ELF academic discourse.
Stancetaking, spoken ELF academic discourse, intersubjectivity, interpersonal pragmatics, doctoral defense discussions
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Orcid: 0000-0001-7907-6793
Yazar: Hatime ÇİFTÇİ
Kurum: MEF UNIVERSITY
Ülke: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0003-2204-3119
Yazar: Erdem AKBAŞ
Kurum: ERCIYES UNIVERSITY
Ülke: Turkey


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Yayımlanma Tarihi : 8 Nisan 2021

APA Çiftçi, H , Akbaş, E . (2021). Stancetaking in spoken ELF discourse in academic settings: interpersonal functions of I don’t know as a face-maintaining strategy . Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics , 7 (1) , 484-502 . DOI: 10.32601/ejal.911499