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ERIC Number: EJ1088419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-3014
Turn Openings in Academic Talk: Where Goals and Roles Intersect
Evison, Jane
Classroom Discourse, v4 n1 p3-26 2013
This study uses Corpus Linguistic (CL) techniques to explore multiple turn openings in conjunction with comparative measures of turn-initial priming (the proportion of occurrences of a form that are turn-initial). Using a benchmark corpus of casual conversation as a point of comparison, six frequent items which have a particularly strong affinity with the turn-opening position--"mhm," "mm," "yes," "laughter," "oh, no"--are identified in a corpus of 250,000 words of spoken academic discourse as key indices of what makes this talk "academic" in respect of role/goal-driven behaviour in interactionally asymmetrical encounters. The paper concludes by arguing that there should be a greater focus on tutor reflection on roles, goals and discourse as part of tutors' professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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