language and power in spoken texts

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  • Language and Power in spoken texts
    • Agenda-setting and topic management
      • who sets the agenda for what gets talked about? Who leads the talk?
      • Who chooses or changes the topic?
      • Is this agenda allowed to be ambushed or side-tracked?
      • How are side discussions managed?
    • Turn-taking, holding the floor and seizing the floor
      • Who holds the power in terms of turn-taking?
      • How are turns taken?
      • How are interruptions dealt with?
      • What happens if the turn-taking rules are transgressed?
      • Who talks the most?
      • Who interrupts or back downs?
    • Audience Address
      • "I" suggests intimacy or straightforwardness or openness
      • "you" suggests familiarity and friendship
      • "we" suggesting membership of a group with the speaker
      • "our" seperates speaker's group from audience
    • Forms of address
      • what terms are used when directly speaking to another person in the conversation?
      • What does this tell us about the power relationships?
      • Who uses first names, title or honorifics?
    • Types of Utterance
      • Whos has the greater freedom to ask different types of questions?
      • Who comments on what is said?
      • Who uses more phatic talk?
      • Who uses more tags?
  • Who uses more phatic talk?


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