Analysis of the Documentary The Firsts in Life from the Perspective of the Turn-taking System

Yufei Xu


Turn-taking research is the core and focus of conversation analysis. As a typical feature of dialogue, turn-taking is widely used and makes daily dialogue valuable for research. Documentaries, as a typical multimodal discourse, can spread a lot of information in the story alone. The combination of sound and video in documentaries also greatly meets the needs of turn-taking research. Therefore, on the basis of turn-taking, the author uses this classic documentary, The Firsts in Life, as a corpus and analyzes the conversations in the first three episodes from the perspective of turn-taking systems, and analyzes the pragmatic functions of each dialogue, in order to help readers appreciate this documentary from different perspectives.

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