|Author(s)||Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu|
|Title||Turn design and progression: Aiyou in Mandarin conversation|
|Editor(s)||Sandra A. Thompson, Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Mandarin, Interactional Linguistics, Prosody, Turn design, Particle|
|Journal||Chinese Language and Discourse|
The temporal character of talk is one fundamental feature of language in situ. As interaction unfolds, participants need to not only monitor the temporal progression of talk toward a completion, but also attend to how the current turn ties back to the preceding turns. Whereas such dual-directional consideration is often a latent aspect of turn construction, at times efforts to clear up possible ambiguity are in order. This article introduces a Mandarin practice, aiyou-preface, which seems to be used just to this end, and demonstrates an intimate relationship between the prosodic design of aiyou-preface and the displayed orientation to the intended directionality of the talk. The analysis draws upon a corpus of 35 hours of conversations collected in China.