4.2.1.6 Lexical repetition

In this discussion, there is frequent lexical repetition between G2 and G3, who support each other by reiterating each other's comments. Examples of this occur at lines 13 and 30:

13. G1: yeah

G2: it (.) it would (.) just the two boys

G3: just the two boys (.) I

30. G1: whites no? =sure

G2: (.) no =uhuh Bobby marries her=

G3: Bobby must marry her= =cos

However, although G1, G2 and G3 co-operate in some respects in this discussion, and G2 and G3 are co-operative in their behaviour towards each other regarding lexical repetition, but non-co-operative towards G1, who is non-co-operative in return.

On one occasion, G1 uses lexical repetition to voice a measure of dissent to G2 and G3's proposals. This dissent does not become open conflict, but G1 does use a competitive feature to make her point:

2. G2: = and that's got to be because they're named in the songs=

3. G3: = yeah they're mentioned and there's somebody called Kate

4. G1: (.) but that's just like a mention in a song (.)

G2: (.) oh aye

G1 repeats G3's lexical item "mention", "just like a mention", but uses it to oppose G3's suggestion that Kate might be a main character in their film plot, by making the point that this is an insufficient reason to include a character from the songs into the film.

As might be expected, no lexical repetition by B1, or of his utterances, occurs; ie. he is treated, and behaves, non-co-operatively.


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