Expanded transition spaces: the case of Garrwa

Gardner, Rod and Mushin, Ilana (2015) Expanded transition spaces: the case of Garrwa. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 MAR: 1-14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00251

Author Gardner, Rod
Mushin, Ilana
Title Expanded transition spaces: the case of Garrwa
Journal name Frontiers in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1664-1078
Publication date 2015-03-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00251
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue MAR
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Language eng
Abstract Accounts of turn-taking in much of the CA literature have largely focused on talk which progresses with minimal gaps between turns at talk, longer gaps being found to be symptomatic of, for example, engagement in non-talk activities, or as indicators of some kind of trouble in the interaction. In this paper we present an account of turn-taking in conversations between Indigenous Australians where longer gaps are frequent and regular. We show that in sequences of such slow-paced conversation, gaps are not always treated as problematic, nor are they associated with non-talk activities that might inhibit talk. In such contexts we argue that there is less orientation to gap minimization, reflecting a lack of pressure for continuous talk. We also discuss qualitative differences in the nature of the gaps between turns in which there is a selection of next speaker, and those where no next speaker has been selected. Finally we consider whether such talk is a feature of Indigenous Australian conversation, or a more widespread practice.
Keyword Conversation analysis
Transition spaces
Aboriginal conversation
Conversation and culture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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