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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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
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1015341
Keywords: Conversation Analysis (CA), turn organization, sequentiality, context, French
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of French and Francophone Studies
Depositing User: Chevalier, Dr Fabienne HG
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2007 14:04
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:27
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/694

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