The underlying orderliness of turn-taking: Examples from Australian talk

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Title The underlying orderliness of turn-taking: Examples from Australian talk
Author Gardner, Rod; Fitzgerald, Richard; Mushin, Ilana
Journal Name Australian Journal of Communication
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher University of Queensland
Abstract The 1974 paper 'Simplest systematics for the organization of turn taking in conversation', by Sacks, Schegloff, and Jefferson, is widely regarded as groundbreaking for its detailed and methodical understanding of the routine methods of turn taking in conversation. However, these findings also raise questions of what role, if any, a broader sociocultural context of the talk may play in organising social behaviour, and whether different kinds of orderliness, or even a different turntaking machinery, may be managed and attended to according to different social or cultural conventions. In this paper, we provide examples from a range of Australian face-to-face conversations that show that, even in talk involving extended overlap or extended gaps, the same foundational principles of order in turn-taking apply. From this evidence, we suggest that variations in length and proliferation of gaps and overlaps are not symptomatic of different turn-taking machinery, but rather are contingent on contextual and situational factors.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) License ( which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.
Volume 36
Issue Number 3
Page from 65
Page to 89
ISSN 0811-6202
Date Accessioned 2010-03-23
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Language, Communication and Culture
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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