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A multimodal study of response token dui dui dui in Mandarin conversation

  • Author / Creator
    Yang, Jie
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3KX26
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of East Asian Studies
  • Specialization
    • East Asian Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Xiaoting Li (East Asian Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Tsuyoshi Ono (East Asian Studies)
    • Xiaoting Li (East Asian Studies)
    • John Newman (Linguistics)