Reactive tokens in Mandarin task-oriented interaction
This book is intended to address students, researchers and teachers of spoken language. It presents an empirical study of task-oriented language data in which coparticipants display levels of recipiency through reactive tokens. An in-depth investigation of displaying recipiency is of interest primarily to conversation analysts and pragmaticians involved in the research on talk-in-interaction in general and Mandarin Chinese conversations in particular. The communicative aspect makes this book relevant to the areas of language use. While previous research has shown that one single reactive token has different discourse functions in different conversational environments, this study shows that participants’ collaborative orientation to each other’s status of displayed recipiency seems decisive for the selection of reactive tokens, rather than one specific reactive token being employed for specific conversational purposes in varying interactional contexts. This book also contributes to fields in linguistics, pragmatics, and sociology which specialize in the investigation of spontaneous human communication.
[Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse, 6] 2016. xvii, 198 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
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Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Reactive tokens in English and Mandarin conversation
Chapter 3. Data and approach
Chapter 4. A sequential analysis of reactive tokens in Mandarin
Chapter 5. Displaying levels of recipiency through reactive tokens
Chapter 6. Selection of reactive tokens in information mismatch sequences
Chapter 7. Conclusion
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List of Subjetcs
“The contributions of this book are multifaceted. Its theorizations of reactive tokens and recipiency are inspiring to conversation analysts. Its qualitative, context-based approach to reactive tokens provides a necessary complement to the popular quantitative approach. The explorations into the forms and functions of Mandarin reactive tokens and the factors conditioning their use contribute to Chinese conversation studies, and the similarity shown between Mandarin and English reactive tokens is also a contribution to comparative linguistics and intercultural communication studies. The highlight of the recipient’s role in conversation provides a good complement to speaker-oriented conversation analysis studies and provides insights into the interactional nature of human language.”
Liangtao Lai, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in Discourse Studies Vol. 19, No. 5 (2017)
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BIC Subject: CF/2GDCM – Linguistics/Mandarin
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics