29.2908, Diss: Italian; Discourse Analysis; Forensic Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics: Maria Assunta Ciardullo: ''Analysis of conversational dominance within ‘Ndrangheta women wiretappings''

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Subject: 29.2908, Diss: Italian; Discourse Analysis; Forensic Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics: Maria Assunta Ciardullo: ''Analysis of conversational dominance within ‘Ndrangheta women wiretappings''

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Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:29:52
From: Maria Assunta Ciardullo [ciardullomarie at gmail.com]
Subject: Analysis of conversational dominance within ‘Ndrangheta women wiretappings

 
Institution: Università degli Studi della Calabria 
Program: Politics, Culture and Development 
Dissertation Status: Completed 
Degree Date: 2017 

Author: Maria Assunta Ciardullo

Dissertation Title: Analysis of conversational dominance within ‘Ndrangheta
women wiretappings 

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                     Forensic Linguistics
                     Pragmatics
                     Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Italian (ita)


Dissertation Director(s):
Luciano Romito

Dissertation Abstract:

My doctoral dissertation investigates the conversational dominance of a
‘ndrangheta ruling woman within a corpus of wiretappings. Wiretappings are
known to be a peculiar linguistic material because of the way they are
achieved: in fact, wiretapped speakers produce spontaneous speech because they
are not aware of being recorded for forensic purposes. Even though they are
characterized by such important feature, wiretapped conversations have not
received much attention by scholars, especially by those who work within the
field of Pragmatics. This thesis aims to fill this gap by focusing on forensic
interceptions authorized for ‘ndrangheta trials. In particular, 21
wiretappings are analysed in order to verify the conversational dominance
practised by one of the very few ‘ndrangheta ruling women with members of her
ndrina (i.e. structural nuclei of ‘ndrangheta) and with her relatives.
Conversational dominance constitutes a pragmatic paradigm made up of three
dimensions, namely sequential, participatory and quantitative dimensions. This
pattern is examined starting from distribution of the sequential and
participatory controlling actions, both successful and attempted, produced by
the speakers and by measuring the length of speakers’ interactional spaces for
the quantitative dimension. 

Both quantitative and qualitative results suggest that the ruling woman
dominates the sequential dimension of the telephone callings made with her son
because of the typical default interactional asymmetry between mother and son.
The woman dominates also wiretapped conversations made with her affiliates
because of the topics developed. As far as concerns the participatory
dimension, ‘ndrangheta ruling woman produces more successful controlling
participatory actions only in those dyads where she interacts with affiliated
women because they are socially dominated by the ruling member of the ‘ndrina.
Further, the quantitative dimension doesn’t show any relevant result because
the parameter focuses more on conversational turn rather than on pragmatic
moves included.

The results in this thesis will contribute towards increasing the number of
studies conducted upon conversational dominance within spontaneous speech
intercepted for criminal trials.




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