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Subject/Keyword
aizuchi
language
storytelling
linguistics
quantitative
multimodal
conversation
Japanese
backchannel
video
qualitative
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Walker, Neill Lindsey
Supervisor and department
Tsuyoshi Ono (East Asian Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Anne Commons (East Asian Studies)
Genevieve Maheux-Pelletier (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-09-30T19:24:57Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study explores the role of speaker and listener gaze in the production of recipient responses, often called backchannels or, in Japanese, aizuchi. Using elicited narrative audio/video data, speaker gaze and recipient response behaviours were first analyzed quantitatively. The results showed that majority of recipient responses are made while the speaker is gazing at the recipient. Next, a qualitative multimodal analysis was performed on a specific type of recipient response that occurred both during and without speaker gaze. The results showed that recipients make good use of the state of the speaker’s gaze to regulate the speaker’s talk and negotiate for a pause, a repair, or a turn at talk. These findings suggest that what are currently known as backchannels are only a small part of a much larger sequential multimodal system that is inseparable from the ongoing talk.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3V92G
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License granted by Neill Walker (nlwalker@ualberta.ca) on 2010-09-30T18:14:12Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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