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Title: Disagreement, Confusion, Disapproval, Turn Elicitation and Floor Holding: Actions as accomplished by ellipsis marks-only turns and blank turns in quasisynchronous chats
Paper URL: http://dis.sagepub.com/content/13/2/211.abstract
Author: Kenneth Keng Wee Ong
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Homepage: http://nanyang.academia.edu/KennethKengWeeOng
Institution: Nanyang Technological University
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This study evidences turn actions done by ellipsis marks-only turns and blank turns as employed in quasisynchronous chats that are not discussed in prior literature. A brief introduction to the research background of ellipsis marks in online chats is followed by a description of the data collected before delving into the actions done by ellipsis marks-only turns and blank turns. Data were culled from multi-party chats among tertiary students during a critical reasoning class. A Conversation Analysis-informed approach is applied in this article to analyze the preference organization of elliptical turns that illustrate several turn actions which include responses signaling disagreement, confusion and disapproval besides initial actions of eliciting responses and holding the floor. More than punctuation marks or paralinguistic restitution of silences, their interpersonal meaningfulness in sequential context and differentness/similarity vis-a-vis temporal silences are demonstratively shown in microscopic and interpretive description of chat excerpts.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Sage Publications
Publication Info: Discourse Studies, Volume 13, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1177/1461445610392138
URL: http://dis.sagepub.com/content/13/2/211.abstract


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