Turn-Taking Strategies: Alignment Development in Casual Discussion



This paper reports a conversation analysis of a 10-minute-long audio-recorded casual conversation between two Asian women and identifies the strategies they used to achieve alignment in casual discussion. It then argues that organizational patterns of conversation are context-sensitive; the turn-taking strategies adapted by participants to establish alignment can be influenced by factors such as culture and gender but ultimately determined by the communicative goal in a given speech event.


Aligning actions; Turn-taking strategies; Casual conversation

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