Order, order: A 'modest' response to Stokoe

Tim Rapley*

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In this commentary, initially I return to Schegloff's ideas about the potential promiscuity of the analyst who works with categories. I then note how Stokoe's article is centred on working with fragments where speakers explicitly mark themselves or another speaker as a member of a specific category. I close the commentary by arguing for, at times, the inclusion of a more modest and contingent analysis that works to explore both the moments when speakers 'go categorical' alongside those when such category work is less explicit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-328
Number of pages8
JournalDiscourse Studies
Issue number3
Early online date12 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


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