Lesson discourse markers and backchannels

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  • 1. English conversation 1 Licenciatura en lengua inglesa UTP 2014-1
  • 2. General review • • • • • • I love all sort of music. Rock, pop, ballads and so on. Anyone can do that. It´s not that hard. Can I have a piece of that whatisname? That guy is kind of weird, he…erm…I don’t know…has that look…you know. What a shame! It’s closed. I wonder if they will open later. Nevermind. There’s no hurry.
  • 3. What do these things have in common?
  • 4. What is missing in this dialogue? Have you seen the professor of research? _____? I need her urgently. ______, did you hand in the homework? _____ I saw her in the office, ___ she was in a meeting. _______? Was there a homework for that class?
  • 5. What is missing in this dialogue? Have you seen the professor of research? Really? I need her urgently. By the way, did you hand in the homework? I think I saw her in the office, but she was in a meeting. What? Was there a homework for that class?
  • 6. What is missing in this dialogue? Have you seen the professor of research? I think I saw her in the office, but she was in a meeting. How do we call these words or Really? I need phrases? her urgently. By the way, did you hand in the homework? What? Was there a homework for that class?
  • 7. Discourse markers What is discourse? • What does a marker do? • What do you think a discourse marker do? • What words do you use to contrast , explain, develop and idea, close or round up a topic? •
  • 8. Discourse markers • • • • • • Ok, now, we are going to talk about the evaluation. Oh, that’s wonderful. Well, I think that’s all for now. Time is off, so I’ll pass picking up the papers. She’s nice, but her mother is a witch. This is mine; I mean, I bougth it.
  • 9. Discourse markers • • • • • Now: It signals the initiation of a new idea. Oh: It signals amazement or surprise. Well: It signals the initiation of a turn. So: It signals the consequence of the previous idea. But: It signals a contrasting idea.
  • 10. Discourse markers “They serve to show that what is being said is connected to what has been said” (Schifrin, 1997). • In a speaker’s turn or across speakers’ turns. • Local level: Linking adjacent utterances • Global level: Segmenting larger chunks in discourse. •
  • 11. Discourse markers • • • Conversational transitions: By the way, in fact, that is, that reminds me, etc. Overtures: I would have thought, Like I say, The question is, There again, What we can do is, You mean to say, Going back to, etc. (They serve to launch utterances) Tails: Though, actually, anyway, I guess. (Tag questions and vague identifiers also make part of this category)
  • 12. Interactional signals Signals that permit cooperation in interaction. • Attention signals: Hey! Buddy! Look out! • Response elicitors: Right? Ok? Eh? So? • Backchannels: Feedback to the speaker (mm, uh huh, really?, no kidding!) •
  • 13. Share with your partner what you found Categorize the expressions like this: • DISCOURSE MARKERS: • • CONNECTORS • TRANSITIONS • OVERTURES • • TAILS INTERACTIONAL SIGNALS: • BACKCHANNELS • RESPONSE ELICITORS • ATTENTION SIGNALS
  • 14. More discourse markers • • • • • As I was saying… Anyway, Here’s the thing, / The thing is, I’m glad you brought that up because… At the end of the day, (to conclude)
  • 15. More discourse markers • • • • • • • • • Actually, Apparently, As for… Basically, By the way, Let’s see, I mean, On the other hand, Speaking of… • Taken from http://englishspeak.wpengine.com/discourse-markers-useful-expression
  • 16. More discourse markers Taken from http://www.bubblews.com/news/384100-discourse-markers-list
  • 17. ACTIVITY . • Identify and categorize the vague words, fillers, discourse markers and interactional signals used. •