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Stance, Alignment, and Affiliation During Storytelling: When Nodding Is a Token of Affiliation
Through stories, tellers communicate their stance toward what they are reporting. Story recipients rely on different interactional resources to display alignment with the telling activity andExpand
Universals and cultural variation in turn-taking in conversation
The empirical evidence suggests robust human universals in this domain, where local variations are quantitative only, pointing to a single shared infrastructure for language use with likely ethological foundations. Expand
Knowledge, morality and affiliation in social interaction
Introduction In everyday social interaction, knowledge displays and negotiations are ubiquitous. At issue is whether we have epistemic access to some state of affairs, but also how certain we areExpand
An overview of the question-response system in American English conversation
This article, part of a 10 language comparative project on question–response sequences, discusses these sequences in American English conversation. The data are video-taped spontaneous naturallyExpand
Modified Repeats: One Method for Asserting Primary Rights From Second Position
In this article I examine one practice speakers have for confirming when confirmation was not otherwise relevant. The practice involves a speaker repeating an assertion previously made by anotherExpand
Mobilizing Response
A fundamental puzzle in the organization of social interaction concerns how one individual elicits a response from another. This article asks what it is about some sequentially initial turns thatExpand
Parent Resistance to Physicians' Treatment Recommendations: One Resource for Initiating a Negotiation of the Treatment Decision
Evidence is offered that even in acute care, shared decision making not only occurs but, through normative constraints, is mandated for parents and physicians to reach accord in the treatment decision. Expand
Non-antibiotic treatment recommendations: delivery formats and implications for parent resistance.
  • T. Stivers
  • Medicine
  • Social science & medicine
  • 1 March 2005
It is suggested that physicians who provide a specific positive treatment recommendation followed by a negative recommendation are most likely to attain parent alignment and acceptance when recommending a non-antibiotic treatment for a viral upper respiratory illness. Expand