4.2.5.2 Back channel support

The relative proportion of back channel support items in the discussion is very low compared to the other discussions.

giver recipient no. of items giver recipient no. of items

G9 G10 3 G10 G9 4

G9 gives 3 items G10 gives 4 items

G9 receives 4 items G10 receives 3 items

Total number of back channel items in discussion: 7

Ratio of back channel items to number of words: 1:85

The degree to which the speakers provide each other with back channel support is relatively equal, but neither girl gives the other frequent back channel support. The discussion is non-co-operative in this respect.


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