4.2.5.9 Summary of Group V discussion

This is a predominantly non-co-operative discussion between two girls. Both girls take longer turns on average than pupils in previously analysed discussions. Neither girl gives the other frequent back channel support. There is only one instance of a question being used, by G9, to invite a response from G10. G9 makes unhedged assertions, and both girls maintain the separateness of their arguments and do not construct turns jointly. Neither interruption nor overlap occurs more than once. There is no simultaneous speech. In all these respects the discussion is non-co-operative. Other aspects of the discussion are competitive. G9 talks more than G10, and disagrees with her without mitigation twice. Both speakers use lexical repetition competitively, to draw attention to points of dissent. On the other hand, both speakers hedge to a degree, a co-operative feature, although they do not use epistemic modal verb forms. G10 hedges more than G9.

From this analysis, it emerges that both speakers use a variety of forms in the discussion. G9, as the speaker who talks more, and makes unmitigated propositions, sets up a non-co-operative and competitive discussion environment. G10 handles this by also using non-co-operative features, with one competitive interruption, and more co-operative hedging than G9 uses. G9's preference in this context is non-co- operative talk and competitive talk, therefore, and G10 responds by using mainly non- co-operative talk which allows her to maintain status in the discussion.


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