4.2.6.6 Lexical repetition

There is little lexical continuity in the sense of expanding on other speakers' turns in the discussion. Lexical items are infrequently repeated by another speaker except in the case of proper nouns from the play used in the set question being repeated. An example of this occurs when B9 at line 10 uses one of the names from the play, Bamforth, which B8 repeats at line 13; in this instance, B8 opposes B9's point, so the repetition is not co-operative.

There is a cluster of instances of lexical continuity at a point in the discussion where the conclusions which have been reached are being reviewed:

65. G12: he's a good leader yeah? / 65. B9: yeah he is a good leader

66. B8: he could be a bit stronger / 67. G12: could be a bit stronger

65. B9: he's realistic all through the first act / 67. B8: he's very realistic

The speakers here are using co-operative lexical repetition at a point of consensus in the discussion. Such repetition is much less frequent at other points in the discussion.

Lexical continuity is noticeably absent in the following instances:

49. G12: (.) I think he kept the m. morale of his

50. G12: men really high when he was saying you know the Japanese

51. G12: are just as scared as you are (.) there might only be a

52. B9: that's right

G12: few of them out there (.) running around in circles (.)

53. B9: I think he (.) eh I think he gives confidence to the

G12: you know and that's

54. B9: soldiers (.) you know he keeps the morale up (.)

When B9 begins his turn, he signals that he agrees with G12: "that's right". However, his following point seems identical to G12's in content, except it is rephrased. Initially, "kept" is replaced with "gives", "morale" is replaced with "confidence", and "men" is replaced with "soldiers". B9 then repeats the point, now substituting in some of G12's lexis: "he keeps the morale up". B9 does not use G12's "high" however; he uses "up" instead, as the particle with the verb "keep". This means that they make the same point independently, rather than making it jointly. This non-repetition is typical of all speakers.


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