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On the role of some interactive D-items in different genres of spoken English



Year of publication 2005
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Patterns, A Festschrift for Libuše Dušková, edited by Jan Čermák, Aleš Klégr, Markéta Malá and Pavlína Šaldová
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Field Linguistics
Keywords interactive discourse items - different genres of spoken English - verbal response - backchannel signal - no verbal reaction - spoken interaction - discourse function - clausal forms - you know - you see - I mean
Description Based on the analysis of three different genres of spoken English taken from LLC, the author tries to contribute to the study of some interactive D-items, namely you know, you see and I mean, as response elicitors. These items, frequetly used to enhance the smooth flow of spoken interaction, are studied with regard to what they prompt from the current hearer. It becomes evident that the kind of reaction D-items prompt depends on their particular discourse function and the overall character of the speech situation in the given genre.

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