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Exploring Turn-Taking and Discourse Markers through Generations

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Meghan Kolcum

Abstract

While studies have explored organized turn-taking conventions (Schlegoff et. al 1974) and conversational analysis among friends (Tannen, 1984), less work has investigated how small units of discourse differ across generations (though see Schiffrin 1987 and Naya 2006). In this study, I audio-recorded conversations between female friends of two generations - Baby Boomers and  Millennials – and compared the frequency and form of minimal feedback (i.e., “mm hm”, “yeah”) between the two groups. The results suggest that both the overall frequency of minimal feedback has changed over time, as well as the discourse markers used in giving minimal feedback.
How to Cite: Kolcum, M., 2018. Exploring Turn-Taking and Discourse Markers through Generations. Philologia, 10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/ph.v10i0.6
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Published on 30 Apr 2018.
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