Unfinished Turns in French: How Context Matters

Chevalier, Fabienne HG (2008) Unfinished Turns in French: How Context Matters. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 41 (1). tbc-tbc. (In Press)

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Abstract

On occasions, speakers do not complete their turns in conversation. Such syntactically-incomplete turns are not treated with repair or misunderstanding. The responses that they receive display a clear understanding of the actions that the unfinished turns embodied. In this article, using conversation analysis (CA), I describe the systematic occurrence of unfinished turns in French conversation. I show that context is necessary to the understanding of this type of turn and I describe the nature of that context. Data analysis reveals that unfinished turns are understandable primarily by reference to their sequential position. I conclude that unfinished turns are a locally- managed resource fitted to the particulars of the talk in progress and built upon the context that the sequences that house them have so far provided.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Conversation Analysis (CA), turn organization, sequentiality, context, French
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages > Department of French
ID Code:694
Deposited By:Chevalier, Dr Fabienne HG
Deposited On:30 Oct 2007 14:04
Last Modified:30 Oct 2007 14:04

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