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But, you see, the problem is … Perception verbs in courtroom talk: Focus on you see

Authors
  • Szczyrbak, Magdalena
Type
Published Article
Journal
Topics in Linguistics
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2019
Volume
20
Issue
1
Pages
24–40
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/topling-2019-0002
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

This article seeks to contribute to the body of research on the use of perception verbs in interaction and, more specifically, to enhance the understanding of how participants in courtroom proceedings exploit you see to manage the discourse as it unfolds and to negotiate stance. Against the background of earlier work on vision words in interaction, the study looks at parenthetical and non-parenthetical you see to reveal both perceptual and cognitive uses, and to identify their local pragmatic effect. As the analysis indicates, in the data at hand, lexical you see is more readily recruited than non-lexical you see, and it is found chiefly in grammatical and declarative questions. At the same time, it is the clause-initial you see that visibly brings out the epistemic tensions between the speakers and serves to contest the addressee’s position. The study corroborates the claim that you see is an argumentative marker, whose meaning (and force) depends on its formal properties (position, complementation) and the relationship between the speakers.

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