Features of Spoken Language/Conversation
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Two utterances where the first utterance gets an expected response (e.g. greeting/greeting; question/answer).
A way of showing a speaker that you are following what they are saying and understand, often through interjections like I see, yes, OK and uhu.
The language variety of a geographical region or social subgroup (e.g. the Geordie or Cockney dialects).
Represents characters' speech to the audience and may include some discourse and interaction features. It rarely, if ever, includes the degree of non-fluency that we see in real talk.
The first word when a new topic is introduced or attention demanded; most common are 'OK' and 'right'.
When we think what to say next midway through our utterance we often use this feature (e.g 'erm', 'like', 'sorta')
A story or account written from the 'I' position.
Where the subject is given prominence at the start of an utterance; then followed by a pronoun; quite normal in spoken language. (e.g. Beyonce is such a great singer)
An individual style of speaking, made up of choices in all frameworks. Every individual has their own idiolect.
Where an adjacency pair has another sequence inserted before the final response. (e.g. What's the time? / Half past nine / Oh I didn't think it was that late!)
The linguistic aspects of how people relate to one another.
Beginning a turn while someone else is talking, in a competitive way.
A gap of less than half a second indicated in a transcript as (.)
Discourse which is written down but with features of spoken language (e.g. online chat or emails).
Words, phrases and constructions not usually seen in formal texts.
Key part of spoken face to face interaction, body language, prosodic elements, non-verbal aspects of speech
How a conversation is started. It is a way of acknowledging the other speaker(s)
Beginning a turn while someone else is talking, in a cooperative way
The things that add to the meaning of a text that aren't actually language, e.g. graphology, non-verbal communication (such as hand signals, facial expressions) and prosodics.
A gap in the flow of speech, or a period of silence.
Speeches which have been scripted (e.g. political, academic lectures, sermons etc)
Paralinguistic vocal elements of spoken language used to provide emphasis or other effects.
Features such as tone of voice, volume, pitch etc. which affect how a message is received. (Also known as Non-verbal aspects of speech (NVAS))
A question that is not intended to be answered, or that the speaker/writer answers themselves
Self-repair / False starts
When a speaker corrects themselves.
Two or more participants speaking at the same time
Speech in literature
Creative with language, uses spoken language in different ways
Stream of consciousness
Imitates spoken mode more closely
The technique where a writer/speaker uses the second-person pronoun to synthesise or fake a personal relation to the audience
Question words which attached to the end of statements (e.g. it's hot in here, isn't it?).
When one participant moves the topic of the conversation onto something else.
Where the subject is described before being named; can start with a pronoun; again quite normal in spoken language (e.g. she's a good singer Beyonce).
Where the first speaker responds to the second speaker's utterance; often a sign of phatic speech (e.g. What's the time? / Half past nine / Oh, it's late!
An accurate written record of a conversation or monologue, including hesitations and pauses
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