This paper investigates how speakers who are about to produce, or in the midst of producing, reported speech and thought (RT), temporarily abandon the production of RT to include other material. Using Conversation Analysis, we identify three positions in which RT is abandoned temporarily and describe the resources employed by speakers to make recognizable to the recipient that what is about to be produced is something other than the projected RT. We then demonstrate how such inclusions are done to recalibrate the larger context of RT, to ensure that the recipient of RT is able to interpret the speaker’s underlying interactional project. We conclude by discussing how the inclusions we have identified and described relate to other practices that can be employed by speakers to adjust the design of talk in ways that best scaffold the interactional purpose of that talk.
- Conversation Analysis, reported talk and thought, Danish, sequential analysis, recalibration