Topic continuity in informal conversations between native and non-native speakers of English

Morris-Adams, Muna (2013). Topic continuity in informal conversations between native and non-native speakers of English. Multilingua, 32 (3), pp. 321-342.

Abstract

Topic management by non-native speakers (NNSs) during informal conversations has received comparatively little attention from researchers, and receives surprisingly little attention in second language learning and teaching. This article reports on one of the topic management strategies employed by international students during informal, social interactions with native-speaker peers, exploring the process of maintaining topic continuity following temporary suspensions of topics. The concept of side sequences is employed to illustrate the nature of different types of topic suspension, as well as the process of jointly negotiating a return to the topic. Extracts from the conversations show that such sequences were not exclusively occasioned by language difficulties, and that the non-native speaker participants were able to effect successful returns to the main topic of the conversations.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2013-0015
Dataset DOI: https://doi.org/10.17036/25a4ea35-f0b3-48a0-8e68-877ea1707584
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > English Language
Languages & Social Sciences > English Language research group
Languages & Social Sciences
Additional Information: © 2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston. Multilingua, Volume 32, Issue 3, Pages 321–342, ISSN (Online) 1613-3684, ISSN (Print) 0167-8507, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2013-0015.
Uncontrolled Keywords: informal conversations,NS-NNS interactions,side sequences,topic management,Language and Linguistics,Linguistics and Language,Communication
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Published Date: 2013-04
Authors: Morris-Adams, Muna

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