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Title: The role of the clause for turn-taking in Dutch conversations
Written By: Mike Huiskes
Description:

One of the tasks participants of a conversation face is the sequential
organization of their interaction. That is, they have to negotiate both the
allocation and the timing of turns-at-talk. A first superficial glance at an
arbitrary interaction shows that participants structure this sequential
organization in a very orderly manner. Turn-taking is realized without a
considerable pause or overlap. This raises the question what characteristics
of turns-at-talk enable hearers to place their new turns at the boundaries of
the foregoing turn with such precision. In this study, we try to answer the
question what constitutes turns-at-talk. We propose that turns are best
analyzed as 3-tuples, describing structures on three distinct levels: syntax,
prosody and pragmatics. We claim that all three levels are necessary to
explain the turn-taking phenomenon. In this study we have two goals:

1. We want to show that turns are indeed best analyzed as complex units
that comprise syntactic, prosodic and pragmatic units, and
2. We want to describe the interplay of these composite structures in the
production of turns-at-talk. We want to describe how syntax, prosody
and pragmatics are used as interactional resources in the organization
of interactions.

These issues will be addressed in a series of corpus studies based on a large
corpus of informal Dutch conversations. This work is of interest to
researchers concerned with interactional linguistics and the analysis of
spoken language.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Anthropological Linguistics
Language Structure
Subject Language(s): Dutch
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ISBN-13: 9789460930362
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