ERIC Number: ED396555
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Publication Date: 1993
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Refining the DCT: Comparing Open Questionnaires and Dialogue Completion Tasks.
Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen; Hartford, Beverly S.
A study compared the influence of two forms of discourse completion test (DCT) on the elicitation of rejection of advice. An open questionnaire providing scenarios alone was compared with a classic dialogue completion task in which a conversational turn is provided. The tasks were given to 32 graduate students, 19 native and 13 non-native speakers. Approximately half were administered the questionnaire first and half the dialogue task first, followed by the remaining task. Responses were coded for types of semantic formulas used. Results are presented first for comparison of the two task types for all respondents, then results for native speakers and non-native speakers are compared across tasks. Both speaker groups showed task influence, although the influence was greater for non-native speakers. In many cases, non-native speaker responses were more similar to those of native speakers on the dialogue completion task. It is concluded that for the elicitation of reactive speech acts such as rejections, inclusion of conversational turns is the preferred item format. Contains 11 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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