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Title: Absent apologies
Authors: Drew, Paul
Hepburn, Alexa
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: DREW, P. and HEPBURN, A., 2016. Absent apologies. Discourse Processes, 53(1/2), pp.114-131.
Abstract: Absent apologies – apologies that were expected but which are not forthcoming – are quite frequently identified and commented upon, for instance in the media. In this paper we discuss two kinds of evidence that apologies can be noticeably absent for participants in ordinary interactions. The first kind is the delays that can occur in the progressivity in talk until an apology is forthcoming, particularly in cases where interlocutors are misaligned about culpability for a transgression. Such cases typically involve pursuit of an appropriate apology (admission), and an account for the other's (mis)conduct. The second kind of evidence is that, where speakers fail to apologise for a putative transgression, their interlocutors can nevertheless treat the other's prior turn as though it had been an apology, by absolving them of culpability in the standard way, e.g. ‘that's alright’. We show that such absolution can occur irrespective of whether culpability is admitted and an apology proferred.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Discourse Processes on 14 Jun 2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0163853X.2015.1056690
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/0163853X.2015.1056690
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18347
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0163853X.2015.1056690
ISSN: 0163-853X
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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