This collection of original papers by eminent phoneticians, linguists and sociologists offers the most recent findings on phonetic design in interactional discourse available in an edited collection. The chapters examine the organization of phonetic detail in relation to social actions in talk-in-interaction based on data drawn from diverse languages: Japanese, English, Finnish, and German, as well as from diverse speakers: children, fluent adults and adults with language loss. Because similar methodology is deployed for the investigation of similar conversational tasks in different languages, the collection paves the way towards a cross-linguistic phonology for conversation. The studies reported in the volume make it clear that language-specific constraints are at work in determining exactly which phonetic and prosodic resources are deployed for a given purpose and how they articulate with grammar in different cultures and speech communities.
1. List of contributors; 2. Introduction; 3. Conversation and phonetics: Essential connections (by Ford, Cecilia E.); 4. Practices and resources for turn transition; 5. Non-modal voice quality and turn-taking in Finnish (by Ogden, Richard); 6. Prosody for making transition-relevance places in Japanese conversation: The case of turns unmarked by utterance-final objects (by Tanaka, Hiroko); 7. Turn-final intonation in English (by Szczepek Reed, Beatrice); 8. Prosodic resources, turn-taking and overlap in children's talk-in-interaction (by Wells, Bill); 9. Projecting and expanding turns; 10. On some interactional and phonetic properties of increments to turns in talk-in-interaction (by Walker, Gareth); 11. Prolixity as adaptation: Prosody and turn-taking in German conversation with a fluent aphasic (by Auer, Peter); 12. The 'upward' staircase intonation contour in the Berlin vernacular: An example of the analysis of regionalized intonation as an interactional resource (by Selting, Margret); 13. "Getting past no": Sequence, action and sound production in the projection of no-initiated turns (by Ford, Cecilia E.); 14. Connecting actions across turns; 15. 'Repetition' repairs: The relationship of phonetic structure and sequence organization (by Walker, Traci); 16. Indexing 'no news' with stylization in Finnish (by Ogden, Richard); 17. Prosody and sequence organization in English conversation: The case of new beginnings (by Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth); 18. Getting back to prior talk: and-uh (m) as a back-connecting device in British and American English (by Local, John); 19. Index