Journal article

Feedback in Japanese and Australian first encounters

J Ohashi

Journal of Pragmatics | Elsevier BV | Published : 2021


The study investigates how imbalanced information flow is managed and evaluated by the conversational participants in first encounter interactions. From the perspective of balancing obligations (Ohashi, 2008, 2010, 2013), one-way information flow is considered a disturbance to equilibrium. In a data set of ten paired first encounter talks (five collected in Tokyo and the other five in Melbourne), there are instances of small stories where one of the conversational participants temporarily dominates information flow. In each small story unit, the hearer interjects backchannels to align the teller's story telling frame. It can also be explained from the lens of balancing obligations that the h..

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