Answering Questions Instead of telling Stories:Everyday breaching in a family meal

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In this article, an ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approach is used to analyze an instance of a child's everyday breaching as a devise for avoiding engagement in a story telling of the day's news. An analysis is presented which seeks to elucidate (a) some of the methodical practices which are used to produce and constitute the everyday breaching and (b) the child's parents’ analysis of this verbal play as breaching conventional conversational sequential and categorial structures. It is argued that such a fine-grained analysis of seemingly minor breaches can contribute to our understanding of the way that various types of adult/teenager relationships can be constituted via such ‘troublesome’ interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-66
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Early online date18 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • Adult/teenager interaction
  • Ethnomethodologically inspired conversation analysis
  • Everyday breaching
  • Family mealtimes
  • Formal structures of language


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