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HARVEY, Anamaría  y  GRANATO, Luisa. Young University Students' Verbal Interaction: Turn Structure and Sequence in the Spanish Spoken in Chile and Argentina. Rev. signos [online]. 2003, vol.36, n.53, pp.77-87. ISSN 0718-0934.

This paper informs about work conducted within a larger project on verbal interaction in the Spanish varieties spoken in Chile and Argentina. The specific aspect we examine here is the structuring and sequencing of turns as observed in two small corpora of informal conversations. These conversations, held by university students in the two countries, deal with topics related to the institutions where they pursue higher studies. A qualitative analysis carried out from the Conversation Analysis perspective, led to the identification of the interactive behaviour of the participants in relation to the characteristics and the alternation of turns. The idea that speakers regard the completion of syntactic, semantic or phonologic units as indicators of end of turn is here complemented with the hypothesis that the completion of functional units like acts, moves or exchanges can also be taken as a clue to the recognition of points of potential speaker change. The empirical study also gives evidence that the roles projected by the interactants can exhibit changes even within the same speech event, as they are the result of a complex of dynamic features which shape the context in the "here and now" of every utterance or fragment of a discourse

Palabras clave : Conversation Analysis; verbal interaction; turns; speech roles.

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