Hesitation markers in transitions within (story)telling sequences of Russian television shows

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In this paper I argue that in Russian television shows a transition within telling sequences may cause hesitation. The focus of this article is on investigating the types of transition that invoke hesitation phenomena. The results reveal that the most common transition types succeeded by hesitation markers, relative to all transitions within telling, are between abstract and orientation or evaluation, and between orientation or evaluation and resolution. In addition, this paper suggests that Labov’s (1972) model is rather well applicable in defining the location of hesitation markers not only in storytelling, but also in more general telling sequences.


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