ERIC Number: ED200053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Language Differences in Strategies for the Interactional Management of Conversation.
Creider, Chet A.
Data from videotaped conversations in a number of East African languages and in English are used to establish the existence of a preference in the African interactional systems for the use of verbal feedback by listeners in contrast to a preference for the use of non-verbal (gaze, head nod) feedback in English. This difference is related to different understandings of the meaning of gaze behavior and to differences in preferred mutual postural orientation for conversation, deixis, and speaker turn length between the English and the African systems. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Anthropologists (Los Angeles, CA, 1978). Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility.