Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School
English Language and Literature
Verónica Grondona, PhD, Chair
Daniel Seely, PhD
This linguistic study explores the role of turn-taking within 3 fieldwork sessions between a linguist and a native Mocho’ speaker, aiming to address who overlaps more frequently and whether overlapping speech is a cooperative or competitive resource throughout the exchanges. I questioned whether the fieldwork recordings would have turn-taking similar to a conversation or whether the turn-taking would function like an interview, however, the turn-taking in these recordings function in a unique manner. Based on my analysis, the fieldwork exchanges have their own organization of turn-taking that incorporates aspects that are similar to both naturally-occurring conversation and classic interviews, encouraging overlap for the native language consultant to ensure accuracy of language data and transcription. Moreover, turn-taking system present in these fieldwork exchanges is dependent on both the sociocultural background of each speaker as well as their respective roles in language documentation efforts.
Brunett, Amy, "The organization of turn-taking in fieldwork settings: A case study" (2017). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 748.