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Wu2016b
BibType INCOLLECTION
Key Wu2016b
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
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Year 2016
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Journal Chinese Language and Discourse
Volume 7
Number 2
Pages 210-236
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DOI 10.1075/cld.7.2.02wu
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Abstract

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.

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