ERIC Number: ED127795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Transitional Speech Features in the College Lecture. CATESOL Occasional Papers, No. 1.
This paper examines the speech performance characteristic of the college lecturer. One of the most organized forms of speech performance, the lecture functions as a referential monologue and has a necessarily topical focus. Specifically dealt with are the ways in which lecturers introduce new topics, link together topical utterances, and close out episodes. Various transitional tactics are examined as general features of speech that correlate closely with the transitional devices in written communication. The analysis is based on the assumption that connectives are normative features in lecture-type speech acts and that they are rule-governed according to the direction imposed by the speaker on the narrative. The three general rules for maintaining and directing relevance in speech are: (1) topic continuation, (2) topic recycling, and (3) topic change. The editing rule is at work when the lecturer interrupts himself to redirect the lecture. It is found that smooth transitions are attempted by all lecturers regardless of style differences in performance. Examples are provided in an appendix. (CLK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
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