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ERIC Number: EJ1231979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1307-4733
Instructor-Initiated Suggestions in Office Hour Discourse: Emphasis on Modality
Çiftçi, Hatime
Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language), v13 n2 p103-120 2019
From a discourse analytic approach, this study examines suggestion-response episodes in office hour interactions. The theoretical framework of relational work broadly informs the study. A total of thirty-eight office hour interactions constitute the primary data source, and the participants are 3 international instructors and their 34 Turkish students at two universities in the northwest of Turkey. The analysis demonstrates that the co-constructed suggestion-response episodes yield a large amount of instructor-initiated suggestions. Modality (modals and semi-modals) is crucial in instructor-initiated suggestions functioning especially to fulfill their institutional role as support provider in such office hour interactions. A closer analysis of the episodes also reveals that the international instructors fulfill a variety of functions (e.g., providing alternative ways as a solution; emphasizing expectations or requirements for assignments tasks and projects; expressing outcomes of a future action; suggesting a future action, etc.) while making suggestions with modals and semi-modals. Adopting a discourse analytic perspective, this study might pave the way for prospective research endeavors specifically in intercultural communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey