ERIC Number: ED396553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Closing Kiswahili Conversations: The Performance of Native and Non-native Speakers.
Omar, Alwiya S.
A study investigated the ways in which native and non-native speakers of Kiswahili close conversations. Native speaker data were obtained from observation and field notes, recorded face-to-face interactions, recorded telephone conversations, reconstructed dialogues, and televised plays. Non-native speaker (American) data were drawn from role-play situations, office conversations, and telephone conversations. Analysis of native speaker data showed that Kiswahili closings were elaborate and could extend to over five turns taken. An exchange of goodbyes did not usually signal the end of a conversation, there was no strict ordering of features, and some closing features were linked to the opening of the conversation. Analysis of non-native speaker closings showed that learners performed minimal closings, were often unwilling to reopen a conversation once "goodbyes" had been produced, and rarely used features linking closing to opening. In a comparison with findings on conversational openings, explored in a previous study, it was found that non-native speakers were more proficient at closing than opening a Kiswahili conversation. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Turn Taking
Note: In: "Pragmatics and Language Learning," Volume 4. Selected papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Pragmatics and Language Learning (6th, Urbana, IL, April 2-4, 1992); see FL 023 905.