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Title: The unfolding of gossip in casual conversations.
Authors: Teo, Li Min.
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::Linguistics::Discourse analysis
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: The literature on gossip has mostly focused on its definitions, social functions and gender-related issues. Few studies have explored its structure using Conversational Analysis (CA). Eggins and Slade (1997), however, outlined obligatory and optional structural elements, with the former comprising third person focus, substantiating behaviour, and pejorative evaluation. This project applies their framework in investigating gossip structure in Singapore. Specifically, it finds out how agreement is manifested in gossip. Five groups of participants aged 21 to 25 years old have been recorded. Audio and video recordings were transcribed and analysed using the CA method. Similar to Eggins and Slade (1997), the three elements were established to be obligatory but evaluations may also be positive. Additionally, the probe element was found to be compulsory. Optional elements such as alternatives and comparisons were also discovered. Wrap-up, an optional feature in Eggins and Slade’s (1997) study, does not appear to occur in the data. It was noted that agreement is manifested through approval and minimal responses before gossip commences and after the first piece of evidence. Even so, disagreements are not rare, though these eventually get resolved. Finally, the findings help to define gossip and understand how it is realised in local conversations.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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