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Recycling

Following an overlap Another point worth considering is in relation to our earlier comment that overlapping talk potentially cannot be heard properly. We are aware that a characteristic of collaborative conversation is that the current speaker strives to ensure that he or she is being attended…

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Resolving Overlapping Talk

Ways of resolving overlapping talk We have noted elsewhere (see Definition of Conversation) that, in the relatively few instances when there is overlapping talk, interlocutors attempt to rectify the situation by reverting to a state of one, and only one, speaker as quickly as possible. How…

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Violative Interruption

Intentional overlap Contrast the previous example (Inadvertent Overlap) with the following extract taken from a conversation between two people. 1 Nicholas:  I thought it was a sensible 2            consi//deration to walk 3 Mary:             that’s…

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Inadvertent Overlap

Accidental overlap Consider the following extract from a conversation between two people [NB: the symbol consisting of two parallel lines // indicates the starting point at which the talk is overlapped by the talk on the immediately following line]. 1 Deepak: …

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Turn Allocation: Rule 4

Rule 4 Recursive application of Rules 1-3 In the previous analysis (reproduced below for ease of access) we have seen that when Rule 3 has been applied, i.e. the current speaker chooses to continue with their turn at talk because they have not selected the next speaker…

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Turn Allocation: Rule 2

Rule 2 Next speaker self-selects So far, we have only considered examples where the current speaker selects the next speaker within his or her turn at talk, either by nominating the person or by using specific questions (e.g. requests for clarification). However, there will always be…

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