Inshallah: Religious invocations in Arabic topic transition

@article{Clift2010InshallahRI,
  title={Inshallah: Religious invocations in Arabic topic transition},
  author={Rebecca Clift and Fadi Helani},
  journal={Language in Society},
  year={2010},
  volume={39},
  pages={357 - 382}
}
Abstract The phrase inshallah ‘God willing’ is well known, even to non-Arabic speakers, as a mitigator of any statement regarding the future, or hopes for the future. Here we use the methods of conversation analysis (CA) to examine a less salient but nonetheless pervasive and compelling interactional usage: in topic-transition sequences. We use a corpus of Levantine (predominantly Syrian) Arabic talk-in-interaction to pay detailed attention to the sequential contexts of inshallah and its… 

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