Types and functions of pseudo-dialogues

Arto Mustajoki, Татьяна Юрьевна Шерстинова, Ulla Tuomarla

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In pure dialogues, the speakers address their words to recipients who concentrate on listening, while in pseudo-dialogues the recipients are not able to listen, or prefer not to listen. The speaker may be fully aware of the recipient's mental absence. The aim of the chapter is to study how pseudo-dialogues are used in everyday communication. We differentiate four main categories of pseudo-dialogues based on the role of the recipient: a human recipient who is present in the situation but whose role in the interaction is secondary; a physically remote human recipient; a non-human recipient (a dog, a computer, etc.); a speaker who speaks to himself/ herself (no other recipients than oneself). In most cases, the manner of speaking in pseudo-dialogues largely resembles that of pure dialogues. Examples of the usage of pseudo-dialogues are taken from the St. Petersburg One Day of Speech Corpus.

Translated title of the contributionТипы и функции псевдодиалогов
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Pragmatics to Dialogue
EditorsEdda Weigand, Istvan Kecskes
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9789027201188
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameDialogue Studies
ISSN (Print)1875-1792

Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


  • Dialogue
  • Listener
  • Non-standard dialogue
  • ORD project
  • Pseudo-dialogue
  • Recipient
  • Talking to a computer
  • Talking to animals
  • Talking to oneself


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