BACKCHANNELLING IN PERSIAN: A STUDY OF DIFFERENT TYPES AND FREQUENCY OF BACKCHANNEL RESPONSE

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Number of pages: 181-189
Year-Number: 2017-16

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In a conversation, the listener isn’t totally silent; He or she produces some vocalizations to show his or her attentiveness, without asking for the turn. These vocalizations which are called “backchannel” have different types and functions in different cultures and languages. This study aims to determine the type and frequency of backchannel responses used in Persian language based on Maynard’s classification. The corpus of the study is 2 hours of conversation, recorded in the dormitory of a university in Tehran. The result of the study shows the most frequent words used as backchannel responses and the functional type of different forms of backchannel response.

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Abstract

In a conversation, the listener isn’t totally silent; He or she produces some vocalizations to show his or her attentiveness, without asking for the turn. These vocalizations which are called “backchannel” have different types and functions in different cultures and languages. This study aims to determine the type and frequency of backchannel responses used in Persian language based on Maynard’s classification. The corpus of the study is 2 hours of conversation, recorded in the dormitory of a university in Tehran. The result of the study shows the most frequent words used as backchannel responses and the functional type of different forms of backchannel response.

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