The article examines assessments of objects with which participants are currently engaged. Through the analysis of evaluative activities around the production of a clothing item in a fashion atelier, we illustrate the embodied components of both assessments and their responses, and argue that embodied actions (such as embedded phases of appraisal through observation and manipulation) are central to the understanding of both the meaning and the temporal unfolding of the assessment sequence. Furthermore, we show that negative assessments of mutable objects can function as proposals, as revealed by responses doing acceptance or refusal. Finally, we consider the matter from the point of view of the person receiving the assessment. We argue that the speaker's choice of particular forms of verbal assessment, together with their use of gestures to express negative components of the evaluation, can be especially useful resources for recipients who are directly responsible for the object under evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-376
Number of pages15
JournalResearch on Language & Social Interaction
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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