ERIC Number: ED341280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Spoken Discourse of Finnish Speakers of English.
Aaltonen, Armi; And Others
Research on spoken discourse that was conducted for three master's theses at the University of Oulu is summarized. The studies were as follows: (1) an examination of linguistic strategies realized in business negotiations, based on an analysis of six recordings of simulated negotiations between eight Finnish engineers and a native speaker of English; (2) an analysis of telephone conversations between a group of Finnish employees and a native speaker of English, in which the gambit classification of Edmondson and House was used to study conversation management and gambits with reference to turns, topic transitions, and mitigation; and (3) a study of various areas of social competence (activity, idiomaticity, orientation, and politeness) based on informal conversations between Finnish engineers and researchers and a native speaker of English. Results of the business negotiation study showed that Finnish subjects were unaware of the importance of chat in the English-speaking culture. In the telephone conversation study, shortcomings in the Finnish subjects' operational language use (i.e., their ability to manipulate the flow of the conversation toward a goal while the interaction was in progress) were found. The informal conversation study showed a low level of relative activity and initiative of the Finnish participants. Contains 3 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Conversation; Finland
Note: In: Communication and Discourse across Cultures and Languages. AFinLa Yearbook 1991; see FL 020 041.