15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

'Doing a Rushthrough' - A Phonetic Resource for Holding the Turn in Everyday Conversation

Gareth Walker

University of York, UK

Cross-parametric impressionistic and acoustic phonetic analysis is brought to bear on one resource for continuing past a point of projectable turn completion at which co-participants could legitimately begin their talk. Rushthroughs involve the co-occurrence of a cluster of phonetic parameters around the join between two units of talk, namely (i) temporal compression of the final syllable of the pre-rushthrough talk (ii) pitch and loudness discontinuities marking the boundary between the pre- and post-rushthrough talk (iii) particular 'segmental' features which highlight continuity between the pre- and postrushthrough talk. Sequential interactional analysis shows that rushthroughs are used to build turns which control the trajectory of the talk. This research contributes to our understanding of the phonetic features of unit endings and how those features are manipulated in interactional settings, and to an ongoing movement towards the building of a 'phonology for conversation'.

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Bibliographic reference.  Walker, Gareth (2003): "'doing a rushthrough' - a phonetic resource for holding the turn in everyday conversation", In ICPhS-15, 1847-1850.