Sequential organization of hinting in online task-oriented L2 interaction

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TEXT & TALK, cilt.39, sa.4, ss.511-534, 2019 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 39 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1515/text-2019-2038
  • Dergi Adı: TEXT & TALK
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.511-534


This study aims to explore the sequential organization of hinting in an online task-oriented L2 interactional setting. Although hinting has been studied within conversation analysis literature, it has not yet been treated as a distinct type of social action. With this in mind, the study sets out to describe the sequential environment of hinting through the unfolding of the action with pre-hinting sequences initiated through the deployment of interrogatives, knowledge checks, and past references; maintained with base hinting sequences initiated through blah blah replacements, designedly incomplete utterances, and metalinguistic clues; and finally progressively resolved with screen-based hinting. Based on the examination of screen-recorded video-mediated interactions (14 hours) of geographically dispersed participants using multimodal conversation analysis, this study provides insights for an overall understanding of the interactional trajectory of hinting as a context-specific social action and contributes to research on L2 interaction in online settings.