When Listeners Talk: Response Tokens and Listener Stance

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 289 pages
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Listeners are usually considered recipients in conversational interaction, whose main activity is to take in messages from other speakers. In this view, the listening activity is separate from speaking. Another view is that listeners and speakers are equal co-participants in conversations who construct the talk together. In support of this latter view, one finds a group of vocalisations which are quintessentially listener talk little conversational objects such as uh-huh, oh, mm, yeah, right and mm-hm. These utterances do not have meanings in a conventional dictionary sense, but are nevertheless loaded with complex and subtle information about the stance listeners take to what they are hearing, information that is gleaned not only from their phonetic form, but also from their complex prosodic shape and their placement and timing within the flow of talk. This book summarises eight of these objects, and explores one, mm, in depth.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A review of response tokens
13
Five types of Mm
65
From continuer to acknowledgement token
99
The Weakness of Mm
133
Intonation contour and the use of Mm
187
Summary and future directions
251
Notes
257
Bibliography
269
The PRAGMATICS AND BEYOND NEW SERIES
283
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