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Title: Keeping ‘small talk’ small in healthcare encounters: negotiating the boundaries between on- and off-task talk (Forthcoming)
Authors: Benwell, Bethan
McCreaddie, May
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Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Benwell B & McCreaddie M Keeping ‘small talk’ small in healthcare encounters: negotiating the boundaries between on- and off-task talk (Forthcoming), Research on Language and Social Interaction.
Abstract: Healthcare interactions often involve social, relational, small-talk or ‘off-task’ sequences which are largely topically distinct from the institutional business of the setting. In this paper we examine data from pre-operative assessment sessions in a Scottish hospital in order to explore the transitions between on- and off-task talk. In the majority of instances the movement between social and medical talk is routine and unproblematic, and both nurse and patient orient to the boundaried nature of off-topic talk. However, occasionally patients’ social talk evolves into personal disclosure and troubles telling which may disrupt the institutional agenda and which can lead to difficulties in the negotiation of sequence closure. Data are in British English.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: English Studies
Al Ain University of Science and Technology

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