Interactional competence and politeness

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Few studies in politeness research have examined perception, and even fewer have examined perception at the level of discourse. Salient characteristics of discourse, turn-taking and collaborative talk have been linked to politeness. This study approaches collaborative talk from an unexplored perspective: experimental testing of speaker perception of collaborative talk according to the features of content and timing. This study quantitatively compared native and non-native perceptions of dialogues in Spanish, employing a new aural task which presented listeners with a turn followed by multiple possible responses. The instrument measured the perceived appropriateness of content (matched vs. unmatched) and timing in overlap, and how additional factors influenced perception. Evaluation of collaborative talk was influenced by different features for natives and non-natives.


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