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multimodal perspective
dui dui dui
Mandarin conversation
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Yang, Jie
Supervisor and department
Xiaoting Li (East Asian Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Xiaoting Li (East Asian Studies)
John Newman (Linguistics)
Tsuyoshi Ono (East Asian Studies)
Department of East Asian Studies
East Asian Interdisciplinary Studies
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Master of Arts
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This thesis investigates the response token dui dui dui (right right right) in Mandarin conversation from a multimodal perspective. Two types of dui dui dui are found in the data. The first type serves to display recipient’s affiliation with the speaker’s immediate previous assertion. The second type serves as a confirmation to the recipient’s collaborative completion of the speaker’s turn. The study aims to show how dui dui duis are produced and interpreted by participants as two different actions in different sequential environments. In addition, it describes the prosodic form of each type of dui dui duis and body movements accompanying the production of dui dui duis. These findings suggest that each type of dui dui duis is produced with specific prosodic and visual features and has different interactional functions. This study contributes to our understanding of the multimodal nature of the production of the response tokens in Mandarin conversation.
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