The grammar of proposals for joint activities Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractThe action of proposing has been studied from various perspectives in research on talk-in-interaction, both in mundane as well as in institutional talk. Aiming to exemplify Interactional Linguistics as a drawing together of insights from Linguistics and Conversation Analysis, we explore the grammar of proposals and the stances displayed by participants in making proposals in the context of joint activities, where a future or hypothetical activity is being put forth as something the speaker and recipient(s) might do together. Close examination of interactions among American English-speaking adults reveals four recurrent grammatical formats for issuing proposals:Let’s, Why don’t we, Modal Declaratives, and Modal Interrogatives. We argue that these four formats for doing proposing within a joint activity are used in socially distinct environments, contributing to a growing understanding of the fit between entrenched linguistic patterns and the social work they have evolved to do.

publication date

  • June 18, 2021

has restriction

  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • February 1, 2022 8:55 AM

Full Author List

  • Thompson SA; Fox BA; Raymond CW

author count

  • 3

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2666-4224

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2666-4232

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 123

end page

  • 151


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