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Topic- and mode-sensitive interaction strategies: Functions of ellipsis in oral communication
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0128-3770
2015 (English)In: Research in Language, ISSN 1731-7533, Vol. 13, no 3, 334-350 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we discuss ellipsis as an interactive strategy by analysing the author’s textchat corpus and the VOICE corpus of English as a Lingua Franca. It is found that there were fewer repetitions in the textchat data, and this is explained as a consequence of the textchat mode. Textchat contributions are preserved as long as the chat is active or has been saved, and therefore users can scroll through and review the discussion, compared to the more fleeting nature of oral conversation. As a result, repetition is less necessary. The frequency of other functions identified could be attributed to the topic of discourse. Discussions involve much ellipsis used to develop discourse, although some were self-presentations with repetition used to confirm details. Back-channel support and comments were often low because speakers instead used forms like yeah as supportive utterances.

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Mouton de Gruyter, 2015. Vol. 13, no 3, 334-350 p.
Keyword [en]
ellipsis, interaction, oral discourse, textchat, discourse topic, mode of communication
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Intercultural Studies, Ett förenklat språk på Internätet?
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20576DOI: 10.1515/rela-2015-0027OAI: diva2:890292
Available from: 2016-01-02 Created: 2016-01-02 Last updated: 2016-06-03Bibliographically approved

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