publication . Conference object . 2015

Functions of repetition in the discourse of elderly speakers: The role of prosody and gesture

Bolly, Catherine; Gerstenberg, Annette; 14th International Pragmatics Conference (IPra), Panel session "Age and language use";
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
Cognitively speaking, repetition can work as a facilitator for both the planning and the understanding of spoken language. It can work as a cohesive and interactive device or, at a higher-level function of discourse, to engage in interaction by creating interpersonal involvement: repetition always conveys altered meaning, as it has to be re-interpreted by the interlocutor “in light of the accretion, juxtaposition, or expansion” (Tannen 2007: 62). Repetition is thus useful for the building of shared representation and organization of discourse, especially in the elderly’s speech where it may serve as a glue to engage in social interaction (Davis & Maclagan 2014)....
Subjects
free text keywords: Aging, Stance, Late life, Repetition, Interaction, Discourse, Gesture, Multimodal, Narrative, Positioning
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