SYNONYMS IN ACTION: A CASE STUDY

  • Rebecca Clift
Keywords: synonymy, conversation analysis (CA), actually, in fact

Abstract

This paper discusses what the methods of conversation analysis (CA) might have to offer the study of linguistic synonymy. It takes as a case study two items commonly held to be synonyms -'actually' and 'in fact'- and shows considerable differences between the two in their interactional implementation: they are implicated in the prosecution of differing courses of action. Such cases argue that it is analytically more profitable to consider what a lexical item does in the context of talk than what it means.

Author Biography

Rebecca Clift
Department of Language and Linguistics University of Essex
How to Cite
Clift, R. (1). SYNONYMS IN ACTION: A CASE STUDY. International Journal of English Studies, 3(1), 167-188. Retrieved from https://revistas.um.es/ijes/article/view/48631