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ERIC Number: ED439448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 23
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Troublesome Discourse: Analysis of Native Speaker/Non-Native Speaker Conversation.
Fairley, Michael S.
This paper presents a case study of an episode in a conversation between a native English speaker (the female director of an English language school) and a non-native English speaker (a student apparently with minimal language skills) in which the native speaker is engaged in an extended telling of seemingly crucial information. The troublesome nature of the discourse episode is strikingly revealed at two positions of other-repair initiation and their achievements; one at the beginning of the episode which works to initiate the extended informing, and one at the end of the episode which casts doubt on the accuracy of either participants' understanding of the content of the conversation. The conversation is nevertheless achieved through the use of several mechanisms. Namely, continuers are used as supportive devices to keep the telling going. Also, interruptions are used to hold the floor. The use of these devices, repairs, continuers, and interruptions in a native/non-native speaker conversation offers some evidence of the universal application of conversation analytic components, and evidence that the mechanisms are apparently available to non-fluent language speakers. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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