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Appendix 4: Answers to Exercises

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Suggested answers

Exercise 1

Any three of:

  • no predetermined cognitive map
  • collaboratively achieved
  • managed on a turn-by-turn basis
  • one-at-a-time talk
  • highly coordinated

Exercise 2

1 A  [TCU he shows his fist to you does he?] [TRP]

2 B  [TCU yeah] [TRP] [TCU he smoking all the time] [TRP]

3 A  [TCU he’s smoking all the time] [TRP]

4 B  [TCU yeah] [TRP]

5 A  [TCU yeah I know] [TRP] [TCU but tell him off]

Exercise 3

Extract A represents a violative interruption, as Lisa’s line 2 talk commences on the second syllable of the word pressing uttered by Li Wei. This is not a valid transition relevance place.

Extract B is an inadvertent overlap, as Sheilah commences her line 2 talk after the slight pause in Josie’s utterance. This slight pause can be seen as signaling a transition relevance place. Josie had apparently not completed her turn at talk, however, as she tags on the phrase or something like it.

Extract C is also an example of inadvertent overlap, as both Joe and Rob attempt to self-select as next speaker under turn allocation Rule 2. They do so at an appropriate transition relevance place that occurs at the end of Carl’s line 1 turn-constructional unit.