conversational structure

Fri Aug 16 13:10:30 UTC 2013

Continuing the thread of a post by me and comments by Nick Enfield, if anyone would like to listen to and see transcriptions of a recorded conversation (long) in Banawa (Arawan family, Amazonas) you can check out this site. I recorded the conversation and Julia Reinbold (her MA thesis is also on this site) transcribed it with the native speakers. The two speakers were recorded wearing headsets and high-quality unidirectional mics equidistant from their mouths on separate channels. The quality is high. The conversations also include interesting embedded texts about hunting.

The transcriptions:

This research was supported by an NSF grant (all the information is on the website) to me and Robert Van Valin.

-- Dan

On Aug 15, 2013, at 4:50 AM, Nick Enfield wrote:

> PS a useful comparison for which people often have strong intuitions would
> be between rural ('slow') versus urban ('fast') varieties of the same
> language.
> Nick
> On 8/14/13 10:12 PM, "Everett, Daniel" <DEVERETT at> wrote:
>> I agree, Nick. I will take what I can get on this, apparently nothing for
>> the particular case, but the really essential bit is to see the kind of
>> study you cite for a variety of otherwise linguistically close, but
>> culturally diverging dialects or speech communities.
>> Dan
>> On Aug 14, 2013, at 3:30 PM, Nick Enfield wrote:
>>> It would be great if there were solid empirical work on turn and
>>> sequence
>>> organisation in speech varieties such as these. Many have described
>>> their
>>> impressions of 'turn-taking' in various varieties, but where this
>>> question
>>> has been systematically tested, what seemed to be giant differences turn
>>> out to be subtle variations in 'calibration' of the same underlying
>>> system; see Stivers et al (2009). "Universals and cultural variation in
>>> turn-taking in conversation." PNAS, 106 (26), 10587-10592. It's worth
>>> distinguishing turn-taking in a technical sense from other matters of
>>> conversational style.
>>> Nick

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