A Research on the Use of Pause and Lengthening for Turn Organization in Chinese EFL Students’ Conversations

Zhihua Xia


Pause and lengthening are used frequently for turn organization in English interactions. But, for Chinese EFL learners, these two prosodic mechanisms are not used efficiently. This study analyzed the use of pause and lengthening for turn organization in Chinese EFL learners’ English conversations. The results show the excessive dependence on the pause to show the turn yielding intentions in Chinese learners’ conversations, and Chinese learners probably cannot distinguish the uses of final lengthening within turns and the lengthening before turn changes.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22158/eshs.v4n3p39


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