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Studies in turn-taking in Japanese native speakers’ conversations: Quantitative analysis of interviews

  • 日本硏究
  • 2010, (28), pp.137-158
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : February 20, 2010

Isono Hideharu 1

1중앙대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to quantitatively analyze “Turn‐taking” in Japanese native speakers’ conversations. The number of base subjects totals 24 enabling the analysis of speakers according to age, sex, dialect, and first‐time meetings. We analyzed and coded the utterances which followed turn‐taking when an interviewer addressed 24 Japanese native speakers. As a result, "back‐channel feedback" was observed to be a principal element in turn‐taking. Thus, just as short back‐channel feedback has been shown to advance conversations in previous studies, this study found that back‐channel feedback performed a similar role in turn‐taking as well. In addition, such empirical analyses of actual data will enable us to offer effective and realistic materials for instructing non‐native speakers in the techniques of Japanese conversation construction.

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