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'Put the Cheetos Down': Camouflaging the Institutionality of an Interaction
Unformatted Document Text:  21 hold with each other to several others. Brevan’s utterance begins to display a dimension of his relationship with Ernest that is distinctive from solely a professional one. Certainly, Brevan does not act alone; the substance of relationships is interactively co-reproduced. In line 10, Ernest contributes to Brevan’s display. The sentence “I hear you” can be used in several ways. For example, it can be used to avoid entering into an undesired conversation by marking its end while simultaneously not inviting additional comments. On some level, it acts similarly here but also provides a way of speaking that is reminiscent or complimentary to Brevan’s utterance (line 10). In fact, Brevan's utterance in line 12 and Ernest’s visible behaviors in line 13 both contribute to the production and display of a relationship that is different from the more formal one Ernest and Jim have displayed. In sum, analysis of this excerpt reveals several claims about greetings. First, greetings are a site within which organizational members mark and display to others their interactional priorities. Greetings may be used to control the conversational floor. To engage in a greeting, a participant can monopolize the direction of the talk and consequently take it away from others. Second, a dyadic greeting can be treated as a group greeting and “taken over” by a third party. Group members in this type of pre- meeting situation enact organizational subgroups through their greetings. If one person is addressed, an other in the same group may continue. Finally, multi-party greeting sequences may function as a conversational display to others of the kind of relationship that two people (or more) have. Brevan and Ernest, for instance, reproduced and made visible a kind of bantering relationship that was distinctive from the more formal one that Jim and Ernest appeared to hold. In institutional settings where who you know and

Authors: Mirivel, Julien. and Tracy, Karen.
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hold with each other to several others. Brevan’s utterance begins to display a dimension
of his relationship with Ernest that is distinctive from solely a professional one.
Certainly, Brevan does not act alone; the substance of relationships is
interactively co-reproduced. In line 10, Ernest contributes to Brevan’s display. The
sentence “I hear you” can be used in several ways. For example, it can be used to avoid
entering into an undesired conversation by marking its end while simultaneously not
inviting additional comments. On some level, it acts similarly here but also provides a
way of speaking that is reminiscent or complimentary to Brevan’s utterance (line 10).
In fact, Brevan's utterance in line 12 and Ernest’s visible behaviors in line 13 both
contribute to the production and display of a relationship that is different from the more
formal one Ernest and Jim have displayed.
In sum, analysis of this excerpt reveals several claims about greetings. First,
greetings are a site within which organizational members mark and display to others
their interactional priorities. Greetings may be used to control the conversational floor.
To engage in a greeting, a participant can monopolize the direction of the talk and
consequently take it away from others. Second, a dyadic greeting can be treated as a
group greeting and “taken over” by a third party. Group members in this type of pre-
meeting situation enact organizational subgroups through their greetings. If one person
is addressed, an other in the same group may continue. Finally, multi-party greeting
sequences may function as a conversational display to others of the kind of relationship
that two people (or more) have. Brevan and Ernest, for instance, reproduced and made
visible a kind of bantering relationship that was distinctive from the more formal one
that Jim and Ernest appeared to hold. In institutional settings where who you know and


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