When OKAY is repeated; Closing the talk so far in Korean and Japanese Conversations

Satomi Kuroshima, Stephanie Hyeri Kim, Kaoru Hayano, Mary Shin Kim, Seung Hee Lee

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This chapter explores the use of the repetition of OKAY in a third position and in a transitional phase between activities in Korean and Japanese conversations. We have identified that (1) the duplicated OKAY, by being placed either in the middle of the other speaker's turn or after a gap, is employed to accept the second position turn as sufficient and thereby propose to close the protracted sequence, and (2) it is deployed to serve as a boundary marker between two activities. These actions are commonly observed as an achievement of multiple actors displaying their orientation toward the activity through various resources, including the duplicated OKAY.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOKAY across Languages
Subtitle of host publicationToward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction
EditorsEmma Betz, Arnulf Deppermann, Lorenza Mondada, Marja-Leena Sorjonen
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9789027260284
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Language and Social Interaction
ISSN (Print)1879-3983

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Japanese portion of the project was led by Satomi Kuroshima and the Korean portion by Stephanie H. Kim. The work conducted by the second author was supported by the California State University Northridge College of Humanities’ Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program. The authors are grateful for the helpful comments from two of the anonymous reviewers and the editors of this volume – Emma Betz, Arnulf Depperman, Lorenza Mondada, and Marja-Leena Sorjonen – and for the participants in the two workshops held in Mannheim and Helsinki. We would also like to thank Yusuke Arano for allowing us to cite his data.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 John Benjamins Publishing Company.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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