Mandarin Conversation: Turn-taking Cues in Exchange Structure

Abstract

This study addresses turn taking in everyday Mandarin conversation from a phonetic perspective, in particular, suprasegmental analysis. The acoustic data are based on 103 exchanges from two conversations – one structured and one free. The results show that turn final cues are mostly signaled via various falling intonation patterns in Mandarin conversation. Some anomalies exist and these are analyzed herein.

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