Conversation Analysis in Chinese
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The temporal character of talk is one fundamental feature of language . As interaction unfolds, participants need to not only monitor the temporal progression of talk toward a completion, but also attend to how the current turn ties back to the preceding turns. Whereas such dual-directional consideration is often a latent aspect of turn construction, at times efforts to clear up possible ambiguity are in order. This article introduces a Mandarin practice, -preface, which seems to be used just to this end, and demonstrates an intimate relationship between the prosodic design of -preface and the displayed orientation to the intended directionality of the talk. The analysis draws upon a corpus of 35 hours of conversations collected in China.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): aiyou; conversation analysis; directionality; particles; prosody; turn design; turn progression
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