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Kdo, kdy a proč skáče komu do řeči aneb překryvy ve spontánní mluvené češtině
Who, when and why is jumping into speech: overlaps in spontaneous spoken Czech

Author(s): Zuzana Komrsková, Petra Poukarová
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics
Published by: Ústav pro jazyk český Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: overlaps; spoken Czech; spoken language corpora

Summary/Abstract: Overlaps are very frequent in spontaneous communication. Intentional breaking in somebody speech can be motivated by a recipient’s effort to take the floor and replace a speaker (competitive type) or to help the speaker when searching the right word for example (cooperative type). Unintentional overlaps can be found in the transition-relevant places most frequently. The specific kind of overlaps are continuers, mostly used by a recipient in order to demonstrate “I am still listening to you”. In this paper, we ask the question what can influence the number and the types of overlaps in the speech where the same speaker speaks with two different people. The used data come from a corpus of spontaneous spoken Czech ORTOFON. We suppose that the number and types of overlaps can be influenced by the communication situation more likely and that the recipient breaks when understanding is threatened and, therefore, communication goal might not be achieved.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 17
  • Page Range: 41-56
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Czech