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Recruiting assistance and collaboration: A West-African corpus study

Mark Dingemanse


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      <creatorName>Mark Dingemanse</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University</affiliation>
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    <title>Recruiting assistance and collaboration: A West-African corpus study</title>
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  <publicationYear>2020</publicationYear>
  <dates>
    <date dateType="Issued">2020-09-08</date>
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  <language>en</language>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;Doing things for and with others is one of the foundations of human social life. This chapter studies a systematic collection of 207 recruitments of assistance and collaboration from a video corpus of everyday conversations in Siwu, a Kwa language of Ghana. A range of social action formats and semiotic resources reveals how language is adapted to the interactional challenges posed by recruitment. While many of the formats bear a language-specific signature, their sequential and interactional properties show important commonalities across languages. Two tentative findings are put forward for further cross-linguistic examination: a &amp;quot;rule of three&amp;quot; that may play a role in the organization of successive response pursuits, and a striking commonality in animal-oriented recruitments across languages that may be explained by convergent cultural evolution. The Siwu recruitment system emerges as one instance of a sophisticated machinery for organizing collaborative action that transcends language and culture.&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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