Spontaneous Speech Features (Terminology) Quiz

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1. Deictics

  • Words of phrases used to check the listener is following what is being said
  • Depend upon context for meaning (eg. Suan --> she, the table --> it)
  • Omission of words without loss of meaning
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2. Speech markers

  • Words or phrases used to indicate understanding between characters
  • Used to break down speech into chunks, also to change direction of speech (eg. anyway, right, so.)
  • Words or phrases used to check the listener is following what is being said

3. Ellipsis

  • Omission of words without loss of meaning
  • Contraction or abbreviation of words (eg. you are --> you're)
  • Use of informal words and phrases

4. Elision

  • Contraction or abbreviation of words (eg. you are --> you're)
  • Omission of words without loss of meaning
  • Words or phrases used to indicate understanding between characters

5. Fillers

  • Use of 'err' or 'um' to indicate the speaker hasn't finished speaking
  • Use of informal, vague language to indicate the speaker has not finished speaking
  • Ritualistic language where function overrides meaning

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