Formulations on Israeli political talk radio: From actions and sequences to stance via dialogic resonance

Bracha Nir, Gonen Dori-Hacohen, Yael Maschler

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This article explores the properties of formulations in a corpus of Hebrew radio phone-ins by juxtaposing two theoretical frameworks: conversation analysis (CA) and dialogic syntax. This combination of frameworks is applied towards explaining an anomalous interaction in the collection - a caller's marked, unexpected rejection of a formulation of gist produced by the radio phone-in's host. Our analysis shows that whereas previous CA studies of formulations account for many instances throughout the corpus, understanding this particular formulation in CA terms does not explain its drastic rejection by the caller. We therefore turn to an in-depth examination of strategies for lexical and syntactic resonance as a stance-taking device throughout the interaction. In so doing, we not only shed light on the anomalous interaction, but also offer an answer to a provocative question previously put forward by Haddington (2004) concerning which of the two - stances or actions - have more meaningful consequences for the description of the organization of interaction. In the particular interaction analyzed here, stances play the more significant role. We propose that the intersubjective stance-taking of participants may be viewed as a meta-action employed among participants as they move across actions, sequences, and activities in talk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-571
Number of pages38
JournalDiscourse Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Dialogic syntax
  • formulations
  • radio phone-ins
  • resonance
  • stance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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