Pragmatic structure in appointment-making conversations

Danalee Goldthwaite, William L. Roberts

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Conversational structure was examined by applying pragmatic and sequential analyses to two-party, single-purpose conversations. A subgoal achievement label was given to each talking turn of 93 automatically tape-recorded telephone conversations between native English-speaking beauty salon receptionists and a confederate female caller. The confederate played a standardized, nonleading role in getting an appointment for a haircut. Lag sequential analyses showed that these conversations have subgoal structures and that some structures are more prevalent than others. Regularities were attributed to social and organizational problems that appointment making presents and that pragmatic theory addresses. © 1993 Plenum Publishing Corporation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-591
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics
  • General Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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