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ERIC Number: ED269983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Turn and Control in Puerto Rican Spanish Conversation.
Kilpatrick, Paul
An investigation of Puerto Rican Spanish conversational strategies involved analysis of recorded conversations for the amount of simultaneous speech, its context, and the turn-taking used. Overlapping and interruption were distinguished from cooperative (supportive) simultaneity of speech, and a "turn" was defined as a recognized utterance. The primary finding was a high degree of simultaneous speech, with over 90 percent of turns having some form of overlap or interruption. The conversational characteristics revealed in this analysis were compared to the characteristics of separate English and Spanish conversations between Spanish-English bilinguals, in which more simultaneous speech was found during the Spanish conversations. The contrast in conversational strategies underlines the different cultural perceptions of simultaneous speech as polite or impolite, and it suggests a need for a definition of "turn" that accommodates simultaneous speech differently and a need for further investigation of the quantitative and qualitative variation in simultaneous speech across languages. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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