Quotation Thielemann, Nadine. 2020. Allusive talk – Playing on indirect intertextual references in Russian conversation. Journal of Pragmatics. 155 123-134.




In casual conversations, interlocutors often merely hint at intertextual references. The elusive design of such references ranges from extremely truncated or modified quotes, or mentions of names, to the rendition of generic patterns and enregistered (Agha, 2007) varieties associated with social or ethnic stereotypes. The paper refers to such non-explicitly marked references as allusions and discusses the methodological challenges posed by their detection and analysis. Qualitative analyses of four conversational episodes illustrate how Russian speakers and interlocutors draw on such allusions and playfully exploit the meaning potential of the (con-)text referenced. The talk that thereby emerges points, in various ways, to the recognition and possible understanding of an allusion. Allusive talk is thus both based on, and points to, a common ground shared by the interlocutors and providing a rich inferential substrate of interaction (Haugh, 2017) that usually remains unexposed.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Pragmatics
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Allusive talk – Playing on indirect intertextual references in Russian conversation
Volume 155
Year 2020
Page from 123
Page to 134
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2019.10.012
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2019.10.012
Open Access N


Thielemann, Nadine (Details)
Institute for Slavic Languages IN (Details)
Department of Foreign Language Business Communication DP (Details)
Competence Center for Business Languages WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5917 Communication science (Details)
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6611 Linguistics (Details)
6616 Slavonic studies (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
6634 Cognitive linguistics (Details)
6910 Rhetoric (Details)
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