This book is intended to address students, researchers and teachers
of spoken language. It presents an empirical study of task-oriented
language data in which coparticipants display levels of recipiency
through reactive tokens. An in-depth investigation of displaying
recipiency is of interest primarily to conversation analysts and
pragmaticians involved in the research on talk-in-interaction in
general and Mandarin Chinese conversations in particular. The
communicative aspect makes this book relevant to the areas of
language use. While previous research has shown that one single
reactive token has different discourse functions in different
conversational environments, this study shows that participants'
collaborative orientation to each other's status of displayed
recipiency seems decisive for the selection of reactive tokens,
rather than one specific reactive token being employed for specific
conversational purposes in varying interactional contexts. This
book also contributes to fields in linguistics, pragmatics, and
sociology which specialize in the investigation of spontaneous
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