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Title: The Study of the Meaning and the Causes of Silence in Students’ English Conversation
Authors: 林綠芳
Contributors: NTOU:Institute of Applied English
國立臺灣海洋大學:應用英語研究所
Keywords: Silence;Switching silence;Inturn silence;English conversation
Date: 2007
Issue Date: 2011-10-20T07:52:54Z
Publisher: Studies in English Language and Literature
Abstract: abstract:The purpose of the qualitative investigation is to explore the meaning and the causes of silence in Taiwanese junior high school students’ English conversation. 42 participants aged 13 joined this study and were arranged into small groups. The numbers of the partners joining in one group were two, three, and four respectively. There were 15 groups of same-sex pairs. Their English conversations were tape-recorded and transcribed. The distribution and the functions of silence, switching silence, and inturn silence were analyzed and discussed. Based on the psychological and pragmatic points of view, the researcher further examined the reasons why silence occurred in the students’ English conversation. The results show that silence can play a role in determining how fluently an English conversation is conducted and demonstrating the correction process of language usage and the student’s motivation for English conversation. Some silence indicates the participant’s intention to have a talk whereas it may mean his/her rejection to join the conversation. Finally, suggestions for language instructors to teach English conversation were proposed.
Relation: 19
URI: http://ntour.ntou.edu.tw/handle/987654321/23035
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