Supportive Fellow-Speakers and Cooperative Conversations: Discourse topics and topical actions, participant roles and 'recipientaction' in a particular type of everyday conversation

Supportive Fellow-Speakers and Cooperative Conversations: Discourse topics and topical actions, participant roles and 'recipientaction' in a particular type of everyday conversation

by Wolfram Bublitz

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Supportive Fellow-Speakers and Cooperative Conversations: Discourse topics and topical actions, participant roles and 'recipientaction' in a particular type of everyday conversation by Wolfram Bublitz

This is a study of a specific type of everyday conversation whose essential hallmark is its participants' attempt to gain agreement and consent when establishing and maintaining a continuous and coherent flow of talk. Basing his analyses on the Survey'-corpus and resorting to an interpretative, reconstructive mode of description, Bublitz focusses on two main phenomena: (a) discourse topic and topical actions (like INTRODUCING and CHANGING A TOPIC or DIGRESSING from it), (b) hearer signals and reactive speaker contributions. The interlocutors' topic-centered and topic-organizing behaviour is shown to be predominantly and systematically oriented towards supporting their fellow-speakers to the extent that it seems to be justified to regard large parts of these conversations as having a monological character'.

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ISBN-13: 9789027220585
Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/01/1988
Pages: 320

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