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Schegloff, E. A. (2011). Word repeats as unit ends. Discourse Studies, 13(3), 367–380. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461445611402749
Turns-at-talk are fundamental units of participation in talk-in-interaction, and turn-constructional-units (TCUs) are the basic building blocks for turns. Possible completion of a TCU is, in principle, the possible completion of the turn, but multi-unit turns are not uncommon, and participants have practices for constructing multi-unit turns and for recognizing them in the course of their production. This article offers an account of one practice (and several of its variants) usable by speakers and recipients to convey and recognize the designed completion of a multi-TCU turn and/or a multi-turn sequence in which ‘answering’ is being done: returning to, or ‘re-using’, a word or phrase from the start of the turn or sequence, whether articulated by same or different speaker, whether used to refer to same or different referents. This practice is one of the resources by which the overall structural organization of an interactional unit and its local realization are mutually realized.