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Title: Crying receipts: time, empathy, and institutional practice
Authors: Hepburn, Alexa
Potter, Jonathan
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: © Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Citation: HEPBURN, A. and POTTER, J., 2007. Crying receipts: time, empathy, and institutional practice. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 40 (1), pp. 89 - 116
Abstract: In this article, we focus on the activities done by the recipients of crying. In the analysis, we work with a corpus of calls from a child protection helpline in which the caller shows features of crying (14 calls, or about 10% of the total). Our focus is on two kinds of crying receipts made by child protection officers (CPOs) that are rare in noncrying calls but recurrent in crying calls: take-your-times (TYTs) and empathic receipts (ERs). TYTs are used in environments in which the caller displays an attempt to but failure to articulate talk. This can be shown by inappropriate silence, wet sniffs, sobs, and turn constructional units that are either incomplete or disrupted by sobs, sniffs, or whispering. TYTs offer a license for the late delivery of talk and are affiliative. ERs can replace TYTs but are more common in environments in which callers are unresponsive to CPO actions such as advice giving. ERs have two elements—a formulation of the crying party's mental state and some sort of marker of the contingency of the mental state formulations. The mental state element is built from local features of the caller's talk (displays and metaformulations of upset), and issues of accuracy are managed through the epistemic contingency maker (most of ten treating the formulation as based on hearing). We discuss broader implications of this work for conceptions of empathy.
Description: This article is closed access, it was published in the journal Research on Language and Social Interaction [© Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.]. The definitive version is available at; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08351810701331299
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/08351810701331299
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9392
Publisher Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08351810701331299
ISSN: 0835-1813
1532-7973
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Social Sciences)

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