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Text & Talk

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

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Volume 35, Issue 6


Source marking in represented talk and thought in Vietnamese narratives

Hanh thi Nguyen
Published Online: 2015-11-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2015-0019


This paper uses conversation analysis to examine when Vietnamese speakers explicitly mark the source of represented talk or thought (RT) and when they may omit the RTs source in narratives in dyadic and multiparty family conversations. In Vietnamese, a pro-drop, non-inflectional language, RTs may be introduced by a verb of speaking and its subject, a verb of speaking without the subject, or no verb of speaking and no subject. The analysis focuses on how these three choices are employed in the sequential organization of narrative series, narrative participation frameworks, and narrative dramatization. The findings contribute to current understandings about source marking through linguistic devices as an interactional practice in conversations in addition to other resources such as voicing and embodied actions.

Keywords: narrative; reported speech; Vietnamese; family; conversation analysis


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About the article

Hanh thi Nguyen

Hanh thi Nguyen (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is associate professor of applied linguistics at Hawai‘i Pacific University, USA. Her publications include Talk-in-interaction: Multilingual perspectives (coedited with Gabriele Kasper), Developing interactional competence: A conversation analytic study of patient consultations in pharmacy, and various articles and book chapters on interactional competence, the construction of social relationships in talk-in-interaction, and Vietnamese applied linguistics.

Published Online: 2015-11-28

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Text & Talk, Volume 35, Issue 6, Pages 731–757, ISSN (Online) 1860-7349, ISSN (Print) 1860-7330, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2015-0019.

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