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ERIC Number: ED466982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 21
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A Study on Closing Sections of Japanese Telephone Conversations.
Takami, Tomoko
Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v18 n1 Spr 2002
This study investigated how Japanese telephone closings were realized between intimates with regard to pre-closing, terminal exchange, and leave-taking. Participants were native speakers of Japanese living in the United States who were calling other native Japanese speakers overseas. Researchers audiotaped the international telephone calls. Results indicated that the three features of Japanese telephone closing (pre-closing, terminal exchange, and leave-taking) represented key phases in the closing process. There were preferable and frequently used patterns in each of the three phases. Participants used strategies in each of the three phases that stood out notably. In all of the phases, speakers seemed to cooperate not only to finish the conversation but also to not threaten each other's face. The results suggest that closing a telephone conversation is a delicate and complicated process, even to speakers in close relationships. Closing was a crucial speech behavior, since it not only served to end the conversation but also acted as a confirmation of the interlocutors' relationships. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan