4.2.3.6 Lexical repetition

Very little co-operative lexical repetition occurs in this discussion. The two occasions on which it does are when B5 and B6 agree with the observation in the statement G4 reads out, that Loch Ness is large and deep (line 9), and when B5 and B6 agree that a supposed photograph of the monster might be a man's forearm and hand (lines 51- 52).

Apart from these instances, lexical repetition occurs in conflicts, where the second speaker repeats the lexis of the first in overt disagreement. Sometimes the lexis remains the same, but the polarity is reversed, and sometimes the lexis is repeated to draw attention to what the speaker appears to see as the absurdity of the first. Two examples are given below. The first occurs at lines 46-48.

46. B5: that could be two boats

G4: (.) how could it be two boats

47. B5: =it could be two boats

B6: it couldn't be (.) it couldn't be

G4: Christopher=

48. B5: two boats I'd say

B6: two boats boats

In this instance of lexical repetition of the items "two boats", the polarity of B5's utterance is reversed by G4 and B6, and all three parties repeat "two boats" to emphasise their own view and their opposition to the other view. Another instance occurs at lines 66-68.

66. B5: well look you ken surgeons don't get

67. B5: paid a lot (do they)=

G4: =they they get paid a

T : =oh they do=

68. G4: lot Christopher

Here almost word-for-word repetition is being used competitively, rather than co-operatively. G4 reverses the polarity of B5's previous proposition, and repeats his words, strongly contradicting his claim.

This competitive use of lexical repetition underlines the importance of context in the analysis of linguistic forms.

In respect of lexical repetition, the discussion is again highly competitive, and G4 demonstrates that she can be as competitive as B5 in this context.


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