Giving and receiving advice in higher education. Comparing Sweden-Swedish and Finland-Swedish supervision meetings

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Sofie Henricson, Marie Nelson
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Journal of Pragmatics
Volume number: 109
Start page: 105
End page: 120
eISSN: 1879-1387


In this article we compare advice-giving in academic supervision
meetings at Swedish-speaking university departments in Sweden and
Finland. Working within the field of variational pragmatics and
analyzing interaction in detail we show how Sweden-Swedish and
Finland-Swedish supervisors and students, as experts and non-experts in
an institutional setting, initiate and respond to advice. The data
consist of video and/or audio recordings of eight naturally occurring
supervision meetings. All meetings show a similar pattern regarding the
frequency and sequential structure of advice initiation and reception.
The main differences between the two data sets occur in how advice is
formulated and acknowledged. In the Sweden-Swedish data, advice is often
given with strong mitigation and responded to by upgraded
acknowledgements. In the Finland-Swedish data, advice delivery is more
succinct and acknowledgements are often neutral.

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