“The floor is defined as the acknowledged what’s-going-on within a psychological time/space. What’s going on can be the development of a topic or a function (teasing, soliciting a response, etc.) or an interaction of the two.” (Edelsky 1981)
In the following example, AL has the floor from line 01-14. ZH interrupts in line 15 and requests the floor. AL forcefully rejects this in lines 17 and 19-21. The interviewer (IN) interrupts (22-23) and inadvertently hands the floor to ZH
13 AL: so to say it’s about choice 14 is disin[genuous in the extreme 15 ZH: [can I just say 16 those [there is one thing= 17 AL: [NO I didn’t interrupt you 18 ZH: =can I just say [there is one 19 AL: [NO NO 20 Zubaida I didn’t interrupt you 21 have the respect that I gave you 22 IN: please please be quick though 23 because we’re nearly out of time 24 ZH: can I just say 25 there is one fundamental issue here
Edelsky, C. (1981). Who’s got the floor? Language in Society 10/3, 383-421.