Post-start-up overlap and disattentiveness in talk in a Garrwa community

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Title Post-start-up overlap and disattentiveness in talk in a Garrwa community
Author Gardner, Rod; Mushin, Ilana
Journal Name Australian Review of Applied Linguistics
Editor Johanna Rendle-Short, Maurice Neville
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Applied Linguistics Association of Australia
Abstract Overlap in conversation is a well-established area of conversation analysis research (e.g. Jefferson 1983; Schegloff 2000) which can reveal how participants orient to transition relevance places. This paper presents an analysis of overlap in the mixed (Garrwa, Kriol and English) language conversations of two indigenous Australian women as part of a larger study of turn-taking practices in indigenous conversations. Walsh (Walsh 1995) made some observations about Aboriginal conversational style, for example that they may enter a conversation without attending to the talk of others. His observational claims are empirically examined here in the context of our data. We find that the overlapping talk in our data follows many patterns similar to English speakers' talk, including transition space overlap (cf. Jefferson 1983) and simultaneous starts. The most important difference we found was overlap onset occurring shortly after the closure of the transition space, reflecting disattendance by speakers to the content, but not the timing, of each other's talk. Overall, however, we find that the turn-taking of these two women is overwhelmingly orderly, and deviations from orderliness can mostly be accounted for by their orientation to points of possible completion and rules of turn-taking as described by Sacks, Schegloff and Jefferson (1974).
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 ALAA and Monash University ePress. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper, prior to refereeing. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 30
Issue Number 3
Page from 1
Page to 14
ISSN 0155-0640
Date Accessioned 2007-07-12
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Aboriginal Languages
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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